Frank McCourt is expected to take the witness stand Tuesday in his divorce trial, with Jamie McCourt to follow as soon as Wednesday, as the L.A. power couple battle it out in Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles over who owns the Dodgers.
Frank McCourt, who says he is the sole owner of the team, is expected to begin his testimony Tuesday afternoon.
“He's relieved to be finally getting the opportunity to tell his story,” said his attorney, Steve Susman.
The trial started Monday, with opening statements from Susman and Dennis Wasser, one of Jamie McCourt’s attorneys.
The first witness, Los Angeles estate planning attorney Leah Bishop, testified that at a 2008 meeting with the McCourts, she explained that their postmarital agreement meant that Frank McCourt owned the Dodgers solely, rather than the couple owning the team jointly.
"That's not what it was supposed to be," Frank McCourt said, according to Bishop. Susman said McCourt would address the issue in his testimony.
"He said those words," Susman said. "It wasn't in reference to divorce. It was in reference to what happens when you die."
Jamie McCourt wants the agreement thrown out and the Dodgers declared community property. She has been willing to cede control of the Dodgers to Frank, but the sides remained hundreds of millions of dollars apart on a settlement amount. The two sides apparently had no substantive settlement talks over the weekend.
The chances of a “settlement always get better as the case goes on," Wasser said. "Both sides get pounded, and they get tired."
-- Bill Shaikin
Photos, from top: Frank McCourt enters the County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, where he is expected to take the witness stand; Jamie McCourt arriving with her lawyer Dennis Wasser. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times