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Published: 12/26/10

Year in Review: The Five Most Overblown Legal Stories

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Year in Review: The Five Most Overblown Legal Stories

In this three-part series, Politics Daily's legal analyst Andrew Cohen takes a look back at the year in the law. Part 1 focused on the year's most under-reported legal stories. Part 2 below focuses on the year's most over-reported legal stories. And Part 3 will wrap up the year-end package with a look at major legal events and issues. The Five Most Overblown Legal Stories of 2010 No. 1. The same-sex marriage judge in California is gay. We don't talk anymore in America about the integrity of female judges who decide cases involving issues of interest to women. We don't talk anymore in...

Published: 09/24/10

Which McCourt Will Blink First in Dodgers Divorce Case?

By  Jon Weinbach - AOL News
Which McCourt Will Blink First in Dodgers Divorce Case?

LOS ANGELES -- It's the most expensive question in baseball right now: can Frank and Jamie McCourt make peace? On Friday in a closed Los Angeles courtroom, attorneys for the estranged spouses appeared before a mediator in an attempt to negotiate a settlement and end their ownership battle over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The mediation talks came on the heels of another dramatic session in the couple's divorce trial, which has centered on a marital property agreement they signed in 2004, shortly after the McCourts -- or maybe just Frank -- purchased the Dodgers from News Corp. for about $430...

Published: 09/21/10

Dodgers Ownership Could Hinge on Altered McCourt Document

By  Jon Weinbach - AOL News
Dodgers Ownership Could Hinge on Altered McCourt Document

LOS ANGELES -- In the most heated exchange of Frank and Jamie McCourt's high-profile divorce trial, Jamie's attorney David Boies lit into the couple's longtime lawyer on Tuesday morning, loudly questioning Larry Silverstein, the McCourts' former attorney in Boston, about his role in altering the couple's 2004 marital property agreement. The MPA is the key document in the trial, which will likely determine the future ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the iconic Major League Baseball franchise that the McCourts purchased in 2004 from News Corp. Frank McCourt believes the MPA makes him the...

Published: 09/3/10

In McCourt Trial for Control of Dodgers, a Classic Case of 'He Said, She Said'

By  Jon Weinbach - AOL News
In McCourt Trial for Control of Dodgers, a Classic Case of 'He Said, She Said'

LOS ANGELES -- If you believe Frank McCourt, his estranged wife Jamie is a social-climbing spendthrift who never wanted to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers and badgered him to guarantee her financial security. If you believe Jamie, Frank is a calculating operator who has selective memory and may have conspired with a lawyer to alter the couple's disputed marital property agreement. All that's at stake in their dispute is control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the iconic baseball franchise that the couple-- or maybe just Frank -- purchased for nearly $430 million in 2004. The fifth day of the...

Published: 09/2/10

McCourt Divorce Trial Reveals Dodgers' Massive Debts, Payroll Deductions

By  Jon Weinbach - AOL News
McCourt Divorce Trial Reveals Dodgers' Massive Debts, Payroll Deductions

LOS ANGELES -- To put it mildly, Wednesday was a downer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In a packed courtroom, owner Frank McCourt testified that his vision for the franchise always included "significant" reductions to player payroll, higher ticket prices, and a dramatically smaller baseball operations department. On the field, the team's disappointing season continued with a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in a sparsely-attended game at Dodger Stadium. And to cap things off, late Wednesday night it was revealed that McCourt's holding company -- which owns the Dodgers, the Stadium and...

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Published: 08/30/10

Here's What to Watch for as McCourt Divorce Trial Kicks Off

By  Jon Weinbach - AOL News
Here's What to Watch for as McCourt Divorce Trial Kicks Off

In a year of landmark sports litigation, the divorce trial between Frank and Jamie McCourt, which begins Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, may end up being the most-discussed case of all. It is the ultimate Hollywood he said, she said, a saga that includes Malibu mansions, millionaire ballplayers, conflicting legal documents and some of the country's most accomplished -- and most expensive -- attorneys. While it will not have any impact on, say, league labor agreements or baseball's anti-trust exemption, the trial will determine the future owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of...

Published: 08/15/10

Prop 8 Talking Points on Same-Sex Marriage for Your Next Dinner Party

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Prop 8 Talking Points on Same-Sex Marriage for Your Next Dinner Party

In the 10 days since U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his landmark same-sex marriage ruling in California, there has been an astonishing amount of public debate over the topic, his decision, the Constitution and the role of popular will as expressed in the law. Much of the debate has been interesting. A lot more of it has been downright silly or just plain cruel. In drawing out Americans for their views on marriage and equality, Judge Walker's gauntlet has unintentionally but embarrassingly exposed, from sea to shining sea, some fundamental misunderstandings about the law and power...

Published: 08/6/10

Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Conduct Post-Mortem

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Conduct Post-Mortem

Leave it to the Liberty Counsel, a conservative action group, to say what many people have been thinking about a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that struck down California's anti-same-sex marriage initiative. Proposition 8, the group alleges, was not "adequately defended" in court in San Francisco by a rival conservative group, the Alliance Defense Fund. Here is a portion of the organization's press release issued just hours after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker declared the marriage ban unconstitutional under the equal protection and due process clauses of the Constitution: The...

Published: 08/4/10

The Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Wins a Sweeping Legal Victory

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
The Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Wins a Sweeping Legal Victory

The legal team that fought to save California's Proposition 8 from history's scrap heap practically dared U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to rule against the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State. Led by attorney Charles Cooper, who stumbled and bumbled his way through closing arguments, these defenders of "traditional" marriage presented virtually no evidence to support their case during the months-long trial in San Francisco. Instead, they kept telling the veteran judge that legal standards and precedents were so clear and unambiguously in their favor...

Published: 08/4/10

When Was Prop. 8 Passed?

By  David Knowles - AOL News
When Was Prop. 8 Passed?

(Aug. 4) -- Proposition 8, also called the "California Marriage Protection Act" by its supporters, was passed by voters on Nov. 4, 2004, following a contentious campaign and a string of legal challenges on the matter of same-sex marriage. As a result, California's state constitution was amended to say that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Almost immediately, three lawsuits were filed to challenge the inclusion of Prop. 8 in the constitution, and the California Supreme Court ruled that inclusion of the measure did meet constitutional muster. A...

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