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McCourt divorce trial in closing arguments over ownership of L.A. Dodgers

September 29, 2010 |  7:39 am

After 10 days in court and 10 witnesses providing testimony, the divorce trial between Frank and Jamie McCourt is scheduled to conclude Wednesday.

Closing arguments are expected to return the focus to the question of whether Frank McCourt has a valid agreement that awards him sole ownership of the Dodgers or whether the team should be considered community property.

At the heart of the matter are two versions of the agreement -- one that says the team is his and his alone and another saying the McCourts share ownership.

Frank McCourt's lawyer says the latter version is a mistake, awkwardly but accurately corrected when the lawyer that drafted the agreement substituted one page for another -- after the McCourts had signed the document and without notifying them of the change.

Attorneys for Jamie McCourt have suggested that the switch was intentional and deceitful, but without offering any corroborating testimony. In any case, they say, the existence of two conflicting documents should compel the judge to throw them both out.

Read the full story on the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce trial.

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

Photo: Frank McCourt enters court Wednesday morning, where closing arguments are expected in the non-jury trial to determine who owns the Dodgers. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times