Let the media frenzy begin!
In a move which will increase hotel and restaurant revenue as journalists descend on Wasilla, Alaska, a judge has granted Levi Johnston’s request that records in the custody battle over baby Tripp Johnston, former governor Sarah Palin’s only grandchild be unsealed. Another judge has denied Bristol Palin’s request to call the parties John Doe and Jane Doe in court documents. Bristol seeks sole custody and claims that
Levi is not yet mature enough to take on significant parental responsibilities
and requests child support for Tripp, who just turned one year old. She explains that her family provides almost all of the care for Tripp.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that Johnston wanted the records to stay open,
saying in a sworn statement that doing so would help put everyone on best behavior.
Levi stated in his affidavit:
I know that public scrutiny will simplify this matter and act as a check against anyone’s need to be overly vindictive, aggressive or malicious, not that Bristol would ever be that way, nor that I would. But her mother is powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive. So, I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin’s instinct to attack.
In a cour filing, Levi’s lawyer Rex Butler wrote tha evi feels thinks Sarah Palin, not Bristol, is acting with
sheer malice… He feels Sarah Palin, through her lawyer, under the guise of Bristol Palin’s name, would run roughshod over his very bones.
Smart kid. Bristol’s attorney Thomas Van Flein, who also has represented ex-Gov GILF Sarah Palin, went for the “they are famous” line of reasoning, citing the sealed records in custody cases involving Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline.
This is a routine matter, but the parties’ respective celebrity status mandates the protection of the baby … whose privacy interests should be protected until and unless one day the child decides otherwise
Guess celebrity status doesn’t count for much in Alaska. Oh and Bristol Palin says her mommy would never be mean or vindictive, and anyway Levi is just doing this for publicity since she “believes” has a reality show that will begin filming soon in Alaska.
Which he needs to do to pay child support–duh. And Bristol, “believing” isn’t the same as having signed contracts, so for now Levi’s reality show and the Easter bunny are both in the same sphere of existence.
If Bristol is so worried about Tripp and a so far not-really-happening reality show, she can get a court order preventing Tripp from being filmed by the imaginary cameras.