Monday, March 15, 2010

Rites of Spring

After many frigid months as a recluse, the sun reemerged from behind the dark, gray skies, and it is Spring again in Minnesota. Down in Arizona, another March tradition--minor roster moves--remains in full swing. Eric Gagne, as you might have seen, has been reassigned to minor league camp, which shouldn't come as a surprise. He joins Kenley Jansen, who was among a group of four reassignees who learned of their new, shared fate yesterday. I'd strongly bet on seeing Jansen back with the big club sooner than Gagne.

There are roster moves in divorce-land, too, and this one might not be so minor. David Boies, who you may remember from such litigation as United States v. Microsoft, Bush v. Gore, and Perry v. Schwarzenegger, has joined Jamie McCourt's legal team. Boies has a reputation as one of the country's most proficient trial lawyers, developed by his work in a diverse and challenging assortment of legal fields.

It is often said that if the law is not on your side, argue the facts. This is what I'd expect Jamie's flotilla of litigators to do. Led by Bert Fields and David Boies, Frank will be portrayed as calculating and ruthless, a stone-hearted businessman who jumped at the chance to cut Jamie out of the family fortune. Frank's side's response will be a nuanced, technically-sound elaboration on "so what?"

Bringing on Boies suggests that Jamie's side knows its best chance to win half of the Dodgers comes by convincing the court Jamie was hoodwinked into signing this nefarious post-nup. I do think the law is on Frank's side, but, as I've cautioned, California courts do goofy things on occasion. Adding a lawyer of Boies' caliber and skill certainly makes sense for Jamie McCourt, the underdog.

Later this afternoon, a text ad will show up on the left side of the page. It is for, a team-specific site created by Barry's Tickets. If you use the promotional code 'divorce010' at checkout, you will receive 10% off your order. If you're looking to spend an afternoon at the Ravine, I hope you'll give a look.

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