Angelina Jolie’s judge-jockeying in custody case an attempt to stall (Reports).
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce proceedings have hit a roadblock, with Jolie requesting that the private judge overseeing the case, Judge John W. Ouderkirk, be removed due to his prior relationship with Pitt’s attorney, Anne C. Kiley. As the Associated Press reports, Jolie and Pitt hired a private judge to manage the case, in order to keep many of its filings sealed. However, in papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Jolie asked for Judge Ouderkirk to be replaced, claiming that he was insufficiently forthcoming about cases he’d worked on with Kiley.
Jolie and Pitt were declared divorced in April 2019, but the couple are yet to resolve other issues in the case, which could include custody of their children, child support, or other financial issues (because the case’s filings are sealed, it’s unclear what the former couple are still working out.)
Jolie’s Monday filing says that Judge Ouderkirk “failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel.” Jolie further alleges that Kiley, Pitt’s attorney, “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.”
“As is set forth in the filing, all my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favors extended to either side,” Jolie’s attorney Samantha Bley DeJean, told AP. “The only way litigants can trust the process is for everyone involved to ensure that there is transparency and impartiality.”