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McCourt divorce trial recesses early after attorney gets dizzy

September 22, 2010 |  3:32 pm

The Jamie and Frank McCourt divorce trial went into early afternoon recess Wednesday after Larry Silverstein, the attorney who drew up the couple's disputed property agreement, experienced dizziness.

Silverstein had testified for 30 minutes after lunch when Judge Scott Gordon excused him for the time being.

The lawyer could resume his testimony later Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Before the recess, Silverstein testified that he had carefully reviewed the agreement with each of the McCourts on the day they signed it.

Jamie McCourt has asked the court to throw out the agreement, saying she never had it properly explained to her.

Silverstein said the first three copies that were signed specified that the Dodgers would be Frank McCourt's separate property. Jamie McCourt did not challenge that or anything else since the agreement conformed with the couple's plan to keep businesses in Frank McCourt's name and residences in hers, he said.

"It was consistent with everything they had said all along in preparing these agreements," Silverstein said.

He acknowledged that the other three copies the McCourts signed that day had what he said was an incorrect exhibit, one that would make the Dodgers joint property.

Silverstein said he believed those copies were identical and did not separately review them that day.

"I wish I had," he said.

-- Bill Shaikin at L.A. County Superior Court