At some point today, Frank McCourt will take the stand. It is sure to be a highlight of the trial, and I'll pass along information as possible. McCourt's examination under oath won't begin until the parties finish with Leah Bishop, who is still under direct examination by Jamie's attorneys. Some other notes:
--Superstar trial attorney David Boies, working for Jamie, said he believed this part of the trial could be concluded by the eighth scheduled day, which is September 22. His co-counsel Dennis Wasser was surprised to hear this prediction, saying only that anything could happen. After this week, the parties have a scheduled two-week recess designed to encourage friendly talks.
--Wasser and Susman spent several minutes yesterday in a private meeting with Judge Gordon. The topic of the meeting was the potential availability of the McCourts' Boston attorney, Larry Silverstein. While Judge Gordon came out of the meeting expressing optimism, neither Wasser nor Michael Kump expect Silverstein to be made available. This is unfortunate because of his integral role in the case; his drafting error (or perhaps something worse) is a key issue.
--Jamie was much more animated during yesterday's session, not surprising given her style in handling the press in the months leading up to trial. She would occasionally shake her head when Susman made a statement she disagreed with, and she preferred to look straight at him from her seat. Frank was more reserved, oriented more toward the front of the courtroom.
--Wasser said that if his client, Jamie McCourt, won her case, she would be unable to buy Frank out herself. He also said the sides aren't close on a settlement, and that he doesn't expect the entire issue to be resolved this month. If Frank loses on the MPA, it is suspected he will advance another line of argument based on events that happened prior to the couple's 1979 marriage.
Like yesterday, I'll update as possible. Twitter is easiest. And I'll try to make the day's wrap-up a bit more digestible.
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