The media advisory has gone out for tomorrow's Game One of McCourt v. McCourt: no cameras, thanks to a ruling by Commissioner Scott Gordon. "Once again, we are seeing the L.A County Superior Court's reactionary nature when it comes to celebrity proceedings SINCE the OJ Simpson case," blogs Steve Kindred, the local radio veteran who is on the freedom of information committee of the Radio Television News Association, but who stresses he doesn't speak for the group. (The board meets Thursday.)
The advisory, posted by Kindred:
MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS FOR JAMIE MCCOURT V. FRANK MCCOURT HEARING (BD 514309)
Media representatives covering Jamie McCourt v. Frank McCourt hearing tomorrow, Nov. 5, 2009, should check in with a PIO staff member outside Dept. 88 on the 8th floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse (111 N. Hill St, downtown LA, 90012) by no later than 8 a.m.
Commissioner Scott Gordon denied media requests to film/photograph the hearing. Sketch artists will be in attendance. The use of electronic equipments, such as PDAs, BlackBerrys, laptops, cell phones, etc, will not be allowed. They must be turned off and put away.
Once the hearing begins, reporters will not be permitted to leave the courtroom until proceeding is concluded or there’s a break. If someone needs to leave before the hearing is over, this person will not be allowed to get back in.
- Bill Shaikin, reporting from New York, says "The Dodgers are the talk of the World Series....The buzz is about all those titillating details in the his-and-hers McCourt divorce filings, about how Frank fired his wife and branded her with a scarlet letter, about how the annual expenses Jamie claims she needs to maintain the lifestyle of a baseball owner are greater than the combined salaries of Kemp, James Loney, Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley." Shaikin, the Times' national baseball writer, details how the Dodgers have been spendthrifts recently and wonders if the McCourts' lavish lifestyles are part of the reason.
- The lawyers skirmished anew in court papers filed in advance of Thursday's hearing on Jamie's bid to be reinstated as Dodgers' CEO. LAT, TMZ
- A primer on the hearing from new blog Dodger Divorce.
Plus: Jamie and main squeeze Jeff Fuller look to be pretty friendly with KNBC anchor Ana Garcia, KCAL anchor Pat Harvey and other TV news women in this TMZ video.