Sil­ver­stein spends third day on stand

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - Carla Hall

Jamie McCourt has tes­ti­fied that she would never have signed away her right to a share in the Dodgers, but on Thurs­day a Bos­ton lawyer flatly de­nied she ever told him that.

“She never in­di­cated that she wanted own­er­ship in­ter­est in the Dodgers or that she was will­ing to take on the risk” fi­nan­cially, said Larry Sil­ver­stein, who drew up the 2004 mar­i­tal prop­erty agree­ment that makes the Dodgers Frank McCourt’s sole prop­erty and the cou­ple’s many homes Jamie’s.

On Sil­ver­stein’s third day on the stand in the McCourts’ divorce trial, he in­sisted that he fol­lowed the wishes of Jamie McCourt, whom he called “the driv­ing force” be­hind the prop­erty agree­ment.

Vic­to­ria Cook, one of Frank’s attorneys, asked Sil­ver­stein if Jamie specif­i­cally in­structed him to ex­clude the Dodgers from the list of Frank’s sep­a­rate prop­erty.

“Ab­so­lutely not,” Sil­ver­stein said staunchly.

But it was still an­other gru­el­ing day for Sil­ver­stein, who even took some grilling from the judge. When Sil­ver­stein failed to di­rectly an­swer Cook’s ques­tions about whether he had per­mis­sion from the cou­ple to switch pages in copies of their con­tract af­ter it was signed, Judge Scott Gor­don stepped in.

“The lady there, sir,” said Gor­don, point­ing to Jamie, “did she ever tell you that you could change the pages?”

“Specif­i­cally, no,” Sil­ver­stein said.

Gor­don pointed to Frank and said, “The gen­tle­man, sir, did he ever tell you that you could change the pages?” “No,” Sil­ver­stein said. Out­side court, David Boies, one of Jamie’s attorneys, con­fi­dently de­clared, “There are so many dif­fer­ent ways this case is now over.”

Cook, Frank’s at­tor­ney, smiled when told that. “He’s con­ced­ing de­feat?” she said.

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