Guardianship judge for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been disqualified.
Judge John Ouderkirk is currently handling the former couple’s custody case, but on Friday (7/23/21) it became known that he would be removed from the case after it was found that he had “violated his ethical obligations.”
Earlier, the judge gave 57-year-old Brad more time with the former couple’s five minor children – Pax, 17, Zakhara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and the 13-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – but his decision is now null and void after an open court of appeal. July 9.
According to People magazine, three appellate judges provided their views on Oderkirk’s behavior on Friday and noted that his “refusal to obligate disclosures” about other litigation involving Brad’s legal advice “could force an objective person to know all the facts.” I doubt the impartiality of Ouderkirk in this matter.
The judges agreed and demanded to submit a new court order, which deprives Ouderkirk of the right to act as a temporary judge in this case.
The news comes after Angelina, who also has 19-year-old son Maddox with Brad, asked Oderkirk to be removed last year.
Angelina claimed the judge did not disclose his dealings with her ex-husband’s lawyers, and Angelina’s lawyer said the star wanted a new judge in the interests of “transparency and impartiality.”
Samantha Bley DeGene said, “All my client is asking for is a factual, fair trial, with no special benefits from either side. The only way the parties to a litigation can trust the process is to ensure transparency and impartiality for all parties. ”
Angelina’s petition to dismiss the judge came after her attorney, Bley DeGene, discovered that he had “ongoing professional and financial relationships” with Pitt’s attorneys Anne K. Keely and Lance Spiegel.
The judge is said to have worked on several cases for lead attorney Pitt Spiegel and one each for his other attorney Keely, which have not been resolved.
Brad and Angelina were in a relationship for ten years before getting married in 2014. In April 2019, they were declared legally divorced, but some parts of their case remain unresolved.