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CORRECTED: Calif. court sides with Jackson’s ex-wife

February 16, 2006

Please read in new headline …. Calif. court sides with
Jackson’s ex-wife in custody battle ….instead of …
California court upholds Jackson’s custody of kids. Please read
in first paragraph … An appeals court on Wednesday refused to
reinstate an order granting Michael Jackson sole custody of his
two children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe. … instead of … An
appeals court on Wednesday reinstated an order granting Michael
Jackson sole custody of his two children with ex-wife Debbie
Rowe, despite her concerns over the singer’s child molestation
trial.

Please delete second paragraph and replace with the
following … California’s 2nd District Court of Appeals said
that while Rowe signed away her parental rights in 2001 to the
47-year-old performer’s two oldest children, Michael Jr. and
Paris, it found that the judge in that case did not properly
handle the proceedings.”

Also read in sixth paragraph …. which ruled against the
entertainer and held that the original order terminating Rowe’s
parental rights was voided … instead of … which ruled in
favor of the entertainer and held that the original order
terminating Rowe’s parental rights should stand.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An appeals court on Wednesday
refused to reinstate an order granting Michael Jackson sole
custody of his two children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe.

California’s 2nd District Court of Appeals said that while
Rowe signed away her parental rights in 2001 to the 47-year-old
performer’s two oldest children, Michael Jr. and Paris, it
found that the judge in that case did not properly handle the
proceedings.

Rowe, who was married to Jackson from 1997 to 1999 but
never lived with the self-styled King of Pop, persuaded a Los
Angeles Superior Court judge to overturn the child custody
agreement in 2004 on legal grounds.

Rowe’s petition cited accusations of child molestation
against Jackson and his association with the Nation of Islam,
whose members briefly provided security for the singer during
the trial.

The case ended with Jackson’s acquittal in June of 2005.

After the lower court refused Jackson’s request to overturn
that order, he appealed to the 2nd District, which ruled
against the entertainer and held that the original order
terminating Rowe’s parental rights was voided.

Rowe, who was working as a medical assistant for a
dermatologist when she met Jackson, was called as a prosecution
witness in his trial but defended him on the stand, saying that
he was kind, selfless and “generous to a fault.”

Jackson, who has spent much of his time since the trial in
Bahrain, has a third child, Prince Michael II, by an unknown
mother.

He was married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis
Presley, in the mid-1990s, but the couple had no children
together.


Source: reuters



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