December 29, 2009

Judge denies Bristol Palin's request to keep custody fight private

Posted: 11:21 PM ET

Levi Johnston joined Bristol Palin and her family at the Republican National Convention in 2008.(CNN) - An Alaska judge has denied Bristol Palin's request that her court fight with ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston over custody of their son be kept private to avoid a "media circus."

The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is seeking full custody of 1-year-old Tripp, contending that Johnston is too immature to be a responsible father and that his mother's felony drug conviction makes her a danger to the child.

Bristol Palin filed for full custody in November, but Johnston is seeking shared custody. Both parents are 19. Their teenage relationship fell under an intense public spotlight after Sen. John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in August 2008.

Court documents, now unsealed, were published online Monday by the Anchorage Daily News.

Johnston joined the family at the Republican National Convention after the campaign confirmed that Bristol, then 17, was five months pregnant with his child. The couple broke off their engagement about two months after their son's birth in December 2008.

Johnston has asked that the case conducted in public to protect himself from Sarah Palin, whom he said was "powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive." But Bristol Palin's request that the case be sealed said public proceedings "will turn this custody case into a media circus which is not in Tripp's best interest."

"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," Palin said in a sworn affidavit.

She said Johnston wanted a public case so he could "continue to make a spectacle of this custody dispute for his own self-promotion." Johnston was set to take part in a reality show in Alaska, she said.

"I do not believe that it would be in Tripp's best interest for Levi's reality show to be filming this case as it unfolds, or for Levi Johnston to be capitalizing off of this custody case through his reality show," Palin said.

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Unjkeljack   December 30th, 2009 3:01 am ET

What's so amazing about this, it's clearly Obamas fault, just like Global Warming as well as the wars he started in Iraq and Afganistan. Jesse Ventura has a show about Conspiricies, he should have a show about Obama and his wife starting the second world war. Balin Palin, wants a private trial because she wants some things kept from the public. How can a public figure, be so popular while telling one lie after another? The reason, is the basic problem in the world, we believe what we want to believe and in many cases it's Balooney like religions.

Brenda Stout   December 30th, 2009 4:10 am ET

True! But Sarah Palin is not going through a custody battle her daughter is, and the blabber mouth. But when children are involved it should not be public's business at all. Mine wasn't front page news.

Sammy   December 30th, 2009 10:42 am ET

Who cares! When is cnn going to give up this non-story and the hounding of Ms.Palin? To me,this is jusat a diversion to take attention away from the failure of current administration to deal with terrorism

Rose   December 30th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Palin's judgment as Governor should haunt her. She was asked the following in the past:

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

Palin: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

This type of reasoning has resulted in an unwanted pregnancy, a shotgun engagement that failed, father of the baby dropping out of school, Bristol temporarily leaving school but able to complete her education due to substantial $upport that many teen mothers do not have. No marriage, no joint parental home for the child. A custody battle.

It would have been responsible to have a policy in Alaska high schools that taught about contraception etc rather than the expected, irresponsible end result when teens do not practice abstinence. Palin's knack for forming policy based on her religious beliefs rather than a responsible governmental approach should be well established by now.

In a recent interview, Palin said she supported illegal settlements (under international law) in Israel due to her anticipation of Jesus' upcoming return. This huge impediment to the peace process meant nothing to her in comparison to her belief in the Rapture. The reality and tragedy of Middle East politics was cast aside for the fairy tale that a person who died 2,000 years ago will fly down from the sky and take Christians to heaven.

She's entitled to her personal religious beliefs, but when she turns them into political positions – wow – is that irresponsible and dumb! Her fantasy-based politics is not what Alaska needed in the past nor what the US needs in the future. A good dose of informed reality is required. No Palin in 2012.

Brad Davis   December 31st, 2009 4:04 am ET

Umm excuse me Unjkeljack, You said Barack Obama is the cause of global warming and all the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan??? Wow could you be more wrong. Barack Obama was thrust into a position that the C average President before him, that AMERICA voted into a position of power, caused. If he had done what he needed to do when he had the chance, which was retaliate by wiping them off the face of the planet, we wouldnt be in the mess that we are in now. As far as this whole custody battle?? Well all it is is Sarah Palin trying to get publicity again. She loved being in the spotlight so much that she's using her own kid just to be in it. What did that man do, besides knock up her daughter, that says he cant see his baby?? He even came and stood by Sarah Palins side during her campaign. Thats sad Sarah. Very sad indeed. You doing that boy dirty!!!!

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