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Bank considered Frank and Jamie McCourt to be co-owners of the Dodgers

September 1, 2010 |  5:29 pm

Frank McCourt might not consider Jamie McCourt a co-owner of the Dodgers -- but a bank did.

David Boies, the attorney for Jamie, disputed Frank's position that he is the sole owner of the Dodgers by showing the court a 2008 loan application signed by each of the McCourts.

"You're listed as a co-owner," Boies said. "She's listed as a co-owner."

Boies also elicited testimony from Frank that he planned to cut the Dodgers' payroll all along, as part of a bid to restore profitability to a team that had lost millions every year under the prior Fox ownership.

Boies questioned Frank throughout the day. In morning testimony, the attorney showed three e-mails dated March 30, 2004, the day before each of the McCourts signed the disputed marital property agreement. The e-mails accompanied successive drafts of the agreement, revised to reflect corrections of typographical errors.

Outside court, Jamie's lawyers contrasted those e-mails with the absence of any such disclosure of the subsequent revision that made the Dodgers Frank's separate property instead of the couple's joint property.

Frank's lawyers rejected any suggestion of duplicity, showing a draft in which the attorney who wrote the agreement had scrawled "inclusive" and crossed out "exclusive" as a reminder to make the revision.

That three copies showed that change and three did not, Frank's lawyers said, reflected the inadvertent

use of a prior draft in the three disputed versions.

In his testimony, Frank said the attorney in question had caught what Frank called "an obvious mistake" and promised to correct it.

Larry Silverstein, the attorney who drafted the disputed agreement, is expected to testify before the end of the trial.

-- Carla Hall and Bill Shaikin at Los Angeles Superior Court