Today's trial date was a bonus addition, scheduled just Monday morning. After spending all of yesterday examining Frank McCourt, David Boies is expected to finish relatively quickly this morning. Afterwards, Steve Susman will spend a significant amount of time on cross-examination, attempting to rehabilitate his client's image.
And that's a tall order. Yesterday was a rough one for Frank McCourt, particularly the afternoon session which revealed details about his long-term baseball operations plans, including a payroll very much below what most fans expect of a big-market team. Frank's legal team will play an elaborate game of 'so what'--yes, Wednesday's time on the stand was rough. But what did it really accomplish? That's their line of thinking, anyway.
After Susman finishes with Frank, Jamie McCourt is expected to take the stand. The plan is for Boies to wrap up her case--she, as the petitioner, went first--once Jamie is done. Then it will be Frank's turn to call witness and establish his claims. That won't likely happen until the trial resumes on September 20--if it resumes at all. The sides may hope to make significant progress toward a settlement in the down time.
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