Monday, December 14, 2009

All is quiet...

...and strangely so. Tomorrow, as you probably know, marks the beginning of the battle for the Dodgers. The issue figures to hinge on the validity of the post-nup Jamie McCourt signed which purports to give all of the Dodgers assets to Frank. The litigation over the enforceability of this document will be the bitterest of the divorce.

Jamie will paint Frank as a conniving, ruthless manipulator. At best, Jamie will say, he noticed an opportunity to get the bulk of the couple's net worth all to himself and jumped at the chance. At worst, they will suggest that he's been cold-heartedly scheming for years and years, devising an intricate plan to use her for what she's worth and toss her out.

Frank doesn't have the same ethos on his side. His lawyers will need to stay as clean as possible, though they will be baited. They will rely on the facts and suggest that Jamie got exactly what she wanted in the agreement. That it turned out badly for her is, while unfortunate, irrelevant.

But none of that is happening tomorrow. Tomorrow, Jamie's lawyers will seek a delayed start to the litigation, saying they deserve time to build their case. Frank's lawyers will counter that it is in the best interest of everyone involved--including Jamie--for this to be resolved as quickly as possible.

Thing is, they're both right.

I have no kind of feel for how this will go tomorrow. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that Frank won't get his earliest date. While the consequences to the franchise of a drawn-out process are significant, a hasty trial would be very prejudicial to Jamie's side. Furthermore, if the proceedings start on the very early side and Jamie loses, the entire issue might require an appeal--which would take even longer.

At the end of the day, it just seems that the risks of starting too soon outweigh the benefits of getting things underway. I suppose we'll find out together tomorrow.

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