Brad Pitt challenges the decision that gave Angelina Jolie a landslide victory in prison. Brad Pitt is going to the California Supreme Court to challenge a July ruling that could start his custody war from the start.
Pitt wants a review of California’s appellate court decision last month to remove an independent judge he and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie elected more than four years ago to deal with their divorce dispute.
In an 87-page document filed Tuesday in the California Supreme Court and obtained by the USA TODAY, Pitt’s lawyers argued that the Second Court of Appeal wrongly ruled to dismiss Judge John Ouderkirk on the grounds that the actor was and Pitt’s lawyers.
That failure to disclose in time gave Jolie the opportunity to challenge the judge’s neutrality after granting the joint custody of their minor children to Jolie and Pitt.
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of Pitt’s attorneys, said in a statement to the USA TODAY that the appellate court’s decision was not only unfair to Pitt but “serious to children and serious about California’s burdensome legal system.”
“The lower court’s decision will reward teams that lose child custody cases, as well as allow them to play their games, by allowing them to wait and see where the case can be directed before seeking a judge’s dismissal,” he said.
Pitt’s legal team claims that Jolie’s “waiting” strategy allowed her to pursue a judge’s inadequacy after a decision was made – joint custody – Jolie objected.
The appellate court’s decision to dismiss the judge “created confusion, uncertainty, and instability for judges, defendants, and California courts as a whole,” Boutrous summed up the situation.
Pitt’s attorney says the decision will cause “irreparable damage” to Jolie-Pitt’s children and other families in similar cases by extending the time frame for resolving disputes between detainees in a weighted court system.
“Allowing this type of litigation strategy will deprive parents of irrevocable time with their children as judges may not be allowed for minor reasons between their cases,” Boutrous said.
Jolie’s lawyer, Robert A. Olson, in a statement issued Wednesday, said in a statement to the United States that the appellate court had “unanimously agreed to tolerate the misconduct of an independent judge who had heard child custody cases and disregarded the judge’s orders.”
The couple shared Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, twins Vivienne and Knox, 13, and Maddox, 20, the eldest.
Pitt’s attorney, Boutrous, said at the time that the attempt to stop the release of programs was Jolie’s difficult plan to prevent Ouderkirk’s decision to remain in custody together to work.