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Nick and Jessica -- Don't Shut Me Out

6/29/2006 7:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica Simpson Nick LacheyI am inviting the wrath of TMZ users by even raising the issue, but here goes.  We have the right to know how Jessica and Nick resolve their fight over money.

In this country, court hearings are public -- it's so important, it's constitutional.   The reason is simple -- if judges know people are looking, they won't abuse their authority.

The biggest legal shell game in Hollywood these days has been celebrities hiring retired judges to hear their divorces.  The retired judges hear the cases in their law offices, with no one watching.  

Last year, TMZ began pressing the matter with the L.A. County courts.  We found a law that says these hearings must be public, and it seems the big wigs in charge of the courts now agree.

So back to the question -- is it right for us to watch and report about a celebrity couple's legal fight over money?  I'm sure some of you say, "Who cares," or  "It's none of your frickin' business."   But the point behind open trials is that once you start making exceptions, where do you draw the line?  Close the trial of Jessica Simpson.  Then, close the trial of Kobe Bryant.  Then, close the trial of accused terrorists. 

I've seen what happens to some judges when they go unchecked.  There have been some remarkably shameful federal judges who have lifetime tenure, who just don't care because nothing can happen to them.  Just imagine how abusive the system would become if judges felt they could do anything they wanted because no one was looking.  Today Jessica, tomorrow -- well God help you if you end up in court.    

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Sara    

huh

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meg    

100% correct.

2945 days ago
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Javier    

Yeah-- I am sooo sure that you are concerned about the constitutional ramifications and the checks and balances on judges. Let's just call it as it is- the public has an insatiable desire for gossip and you make money from filling that need. C'mon now!!!!

2945 days ago
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liskula    

Is nothing sacred anymore? It is pretty obvious that there is going to be a ton of shit to seperate, and if you have ever gone through a divorce you know hat it's not easy. And I really believe that these poor people have been totally exploited, partially do to there own ignorance. But must we feed on them. let dead dogs lie. Focus on the stupid crap, the fire crotches, and hiltons of the world. At least then your job is justified.Thats my advice to TMZ

2945 days ago
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Katie    

I'm so happy we can discuss other celebrities other than BRITNEY and PARIS' Can't stand either of those low life sluts.

2945 days ago
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Amber Jenkins    

ok. celebs are cool&&all. but they are just like us, &&im pretty sure that they need some privacy every now && then. its almost like we think of them as "hey, look there!! they are ours&&we can expose them however we want" its pretty rude if you ask me. give them some privacy, they dont need everyone knowing every litle thing thats goin on in theirs lifes.

2945 days ago
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Judie    

Poor Nick...That really burns me up that Jessica wants a quicky divorce from him..To answer someones question..Is anything sacred anymore..Apparently the "holier than though, virgin until I'm marrried" Jessica Simpson doesn't think so. She must not view marriage as sacred...so sad that stardom gets to some people!!! Nick, you gorgeous hunk, you are so much better off. I think you and Vanessa Minillo look so CUTE together!!!!

2945 days ago
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Judie    

huh

2945 days ago
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MissO    

I agree that court cases etc should be kept public in order to keep judges in line; however, I agree with the other postings that I don't believe that your concern is a matter of the Constitution, but instead is another way for gossip sources to make money. Nonetheless, any of us posting here are reading the gossip, so there is a desire to know. As well, this is also the same couple who had a reality show that followed their marriage, so come on, really, they are going to cry about not having privacy now??? If you ask me, Nick and Jessica should try and cash in on this too, make the reality show, Nick and Jessica: On the Road to Newlydivorced.

2945 days ago
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Michele Cappiello    

The only thing I would love to know is if Nick will be getting half of everything. Her Dad wouldn't let her sign a pre-nup when Nick had more money . Nick said okay. Now the tables have turned Jess has more money. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Old Joe is a major part of the breakup. What a looser. Called his own daughter's breasts "suckers". You can't hide those suckers to be exact!
He seemed to have his nose into everything.

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Michele Cappiello    

The only thing I would love to know is if Nick will be getting half of everything. Her Dad wouldn't let her sign a pre-nup when Nick had more money . Nick said okay. Now the tables have turned Jess has more money. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Old Joe is a major part of the breakup. What a looser. Called his own daughter's breasts "suckers". You can't hide those suckers to be exact!
He seemed to have his nose into everything.

2945 days ago
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Christie    

It is spelled "loser" not "looser."

2945 days ago
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Miguelito    

I didn't even read the article, but who cares again?!!?!?!?!?!!?111111

2945 days ago
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Gus    

No, actually, "the trial of Jessica" is quite different from those of Kobe and the lot. Kobe was being prosecuted by the state for an alleged criminal offense, while "the trial of Jessica" is a civil matter which, when two parties agree to the term, be settled in any way they like. Nick and Jessica have just as much of a right to settle their difference through a retired judge (although I can't speak as to whether it would be legal to seal the results) as they would to go on Judge Judy! It's no different than hiring an arbitrator.

2945 days ago
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Ashley    

Okay, get real with yourself. The only reason you're bringing this up is because you want the information. Who cares! It's their business. Would you like someone prying into yours?

Maybe you should think about that next time. God, all you people need major reality checks. Why do you people live life like this? Get over it. It's annoying.

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