Angelina Accused The Credibility Of The Judge
The ceaseless custody battle for the children of Brangelina, Hollywood star couple entering into accusing each other legal team. Pitt’s legal team has accused the actress of making a “Hail Mary” effort to prolong their case. Currently, children are under the custody of Jolie following their divorce in September 2016. During a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, The legal team of Angelina Joile requested for the disqualification of the private judge who is presently heading in this matter due to the insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys. The same judge has appeared for their divorce as well.
Pitt’s lawyers pushed back against Jolie’s request to remove Judge John W. Ouderkirk, who has worked with the former couple several times before – including presiding over their 2014 wedding – two months before the custody trial is scheduled to begin.
“Against this backdrop, Jolie’s abrupt cry of judicial bias reeks of bad faith and desperation, not to mention careless disregard for the procedural rules intended to root out legitimately conflicted judicial officers,” Pitt’s legal response read. The media has reached out to Jolie’s attorney for comment. Pitt’s representative declined to comment.
Angelina Jolie previously allegedly argued that Ouderkirk should be taken off the divorce case she filed in 2016 because he disclosed too late to Jolie legal team that he was hired for other cases involving Pitt attorney Anne C. Kiley and did not provide enough information regarding those cases in the beginning. It says that during the Jolie-Pitt divorce proceedings Ouderkirk has “failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel.”
Pitt’s attorney also included that the “actively advocated for Judge Ouderkirk’s financial interests in moving — over the opposing party’s opposition — to have his appointment and his ability to continue to receive fees extended in a high profile case.” There won’t be any further proceeding until both parties agreed to move with the same judge.