DrBat (drbat) wrote in ontd_political,

Tripp Palin custody battle to be heard in public, judge rules

The custody battle over Sarah Palin's grandson will play out in public, a judge has ruled, rejecting a plea by Palin's daughter to keep the proceedings closed to shield her son from potential embarrassment when he is older.

Bristol Palin, 19-year-old daughter of the 2008 US vice-presidential candidate, last month filed for sole custody of her son Tripp, telling a judge that her former boyfriend Levi Johnston was too immature to care for a child. She and her family were already caring for the child, she said, and asked that the court case be sealed to keep it from the media.

"In this day and age of the internet, media stories remain available for years, even decades, after they are first published, and anything printed in the media (whether it is true or not) will be available to Tripp when he is old enough to read," Bristol wrote in an affidavit. She also said Johnston, 19, wants to keep the case public to promote himself.

Johnston, a former high school ice hockey star, wants joint custody of the child, and argued in court that both youngsters were fit to be parents. He argued that the case should remain public, saying the media attention would curb Sarah Palin's influence in the case.

"I do not feel protected against Sarah Palin in a closed proceeding," Johnston said in an affidavit. "I hope that if it is open she will stay out of it."

An Alaska judge ruled last week that Bristol Palin had provided no evidence that the child would be harmed by the publicity and ordered all records open.

The couple, who met in high school, announced Palin's pregnancy and their engagement during last year's presidential campaign. The child was born last December but the couple split up in March.


Tags: sarah palin / palin family
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