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Judge Checks in on Michael Jackson's Kids

10/2/2009 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A hearing is underway in Michael Jackson's probate case -- the judge wants to know how the three kids are doing. And some family members may try and boot John Branca as executor under the will.

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UPDATE 5:27 PM ET -- All done.

UPDATE 5:25 PM ET -- Billie Jean Jackson objects!!!! To what, we don't know.

UPDATE 5:17 PM ET -- Howard Weitzman, who reps Branca and McClain, asked the judge to extend the co-Special Administrators powers through the end of the year. The judge saw it Weitzman's way, and gave the pair basically the same power as executors of the estate would have, with one string attached -- they have to loop in Katherine Jackson and the Guardian Ad Litem for the kids for any deals they negotiate.

UPDATE 5:05 PM ET -- Katherine Jackson's attorney, Burt Levitch, just told the judge the family would rather see a member of the family be the administrator of Jackson's estate.

UPDATE 4:44 PM ET
-- A motion to seal several business agreements was granted.

UPDATE 4:41 PM ET -- The judge has received a report from the court investigator that says kids are doing well. The judge called it "an excellent report."

UPDATE 4:37 PM ET -- The judge has taken the bench.

UPDATE 4:31 PM ET -- But fear not ... Billie Jean Jackson is in the house!!!

UPDATE 4:28 PM ET -- We originally thought Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother and the guardian of his three kids, would be at the hearing -- but now we've learned she will not be. We're told she was all set to come, but then backed out when she heard Joe Jackson would be there.
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31.

Janet    

Pimp Joe has got to go. I guess he still want's to 'attempt' to torment Michael.

1762 days ago
32.

Michelle    

I love you Michael!
God bless your children!
I miss you Michael, wish you were here!:-(

1762 days ago
33.

Helen    

What, TMZ? Why wouldn't Katherine come because Joe is there? THEY ARE TOGETHER


Anyway, keep updating please, we appreciate it

1762 days ago
34.

Saddenend    

WHY IS JOE THERE?????


1762 days ago
35.

pam    

Good for the Judge.....KEEP JOE J away from them.

1762 days ago
36.

CHEF KOOKY    

balls

1762 days ago
37.

BNS    

I love you, Michael. I will forever miss you. I am so proud of you. You were clean, sober, and healthy when Conrad Murray killed you. I'm proud to be a fan.

The refusal of Katherine to be in court with Joe should tell everyone that the Jackson family are not in agreement about what should happen now that Michael is gone.

Joe says he just wants things to be fair. In other words, he wants what he feels is his share. Too bad Michael didn't feel the same way, isn't it Joe?

Joe got enough out of Michael when he was alive. He shouldn't get anything more. Whatever you think of Katherine - it is Michael's wish that she be taken care of and that is what should happen. Joe is not named in the will. So how is it that he should even be able to have a say about who the executor of the will is? Whatever he brings into the courtroom should be thrown out of the courtroom.

Michael's re-hiring of Branca right before his death was as ACT OF GOD. God was taking care of Michael better than his earthly father ever did.

1762 days ago
38.

Shesh    

I miss you Michael, so much!!

1762 days ago
39.

Michelle    

TMZ thanks for the nice pic clear pic of Michael.
Love and miss you Michael!
I'm so glad your kids are doing well! :-)

1762 days ago
40.

Duh    

HELEN I LOVE THE PARROT VIDEO!!!! That is so adorable - thank you for sharing.

1762 days ago
41.

Helen    

Michael, dear, you look s so beautiful, I miss you a lot


"A motion to seal several business agreements was granted"
Can someone explain? Does it mean Katherine will NOT have %100 transparency?

1762 days ago
42.

justice4MJ    

21. TMZ thanks for the nice pic clear pic of Michael.
Love and miss you Michael!
I'm so glad your kids are doing well! :-)

i agree with that comment, thanks for a decent pic of him

hope everything is resolved in the correct way

1762 days ago
43.

Helen    

You're very welcome Deb :)

For those who didn't see it
Here's Michael's #1 DANCING PARROT FAN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OLETbAuVw8

1762 days ago
44.

MillerDorothy2    

PEOPLE JOE AND KATHERINE ARE TOGETHER. THEY ARE LEGALLY SEPERATED AND HAS BEEN FOR YEARS. JOE LIVES IN LAS VEGAS KATHERINE LIVES IN CALIFORNIA.

1762 days ago
45.

denisse    

God bless the Jackson family
I wish Michaels children the best in the world
may they always be happy God Bless them

Michael Jackson we Love you!!!!!!

1762 days ago
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