McCourts mediation talks set for Friday
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Lawyers on both sides of the McCourt divorce proceedings agreed to appear before a mediator Friday to settle who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Attorneys for Frank and Jamie McCourt confirmed that informal talks about a settlement in the divorce case have been ongoing and confidential.
However, appearing before a mediator doesn't mean the trial will end. Both sides will continue to present evidence before the court.
As testimony resumed in the much publicized divorce proceedings, family attorney Larry Silverstein took the stand again on Wednesday.
Silverstein testified that he discovered a mistake that excluded the Dodgers, the stadium and the surrounding property from Frank McCourt's separate property. The attorney said he changed the document to include the team as one of Frank McCourt's assets but did not tell the couple before they signed the agreement in March 2004.
During Tuesday's testimony, Silverstein contended that the change was the result of a clerical error, but attorneys for Jamie McCourt said it was much more than just an innocent mistake.
"He admitted, finally, that it was the difference between Jamie McCourt having the Dodgers and not having the Dodgers," said an attorney for Jamie McCourt, David Boies. "If that's a clerical error, that's one hell of a clerical error."
"We've argued to the court that there's only one fair and honorable thing to do, which is to throw both agreements out and have the McCourts come in and be treated like any other couple in the state of California, which is under California community property law, " said Michael Kump, another attorney for Jamie McCourt.
Another attorney who also testified on Tuesday said that Jamie McCourt clearly understood that her husband would get the Dodgers if the two broke up and she would get the couple's property assets.
The couple, who married in November 1979 and have four grown sons, separated on July 6, 2009.
Frank McCourt, 57, fired his 56-year-old wife as the Dodgers' chief executive officer a day after the team lost a playoff series to the Philadelphia Phillies. She filed for divorce five days after her firing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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