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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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76.

janalal4    

Thank God everything will remain the same. Nobody IN THAT FAMILY's got any business handling money! They've proven that! btw, what the hell is Joe doing there????

1855 days ago
77.

nan    

what a bunch of leeches this family is..how much do they need.paying granny to take care of her own grandchildren...going to have them singing in stripclubs too...joe jackson ..no excuse for that old whore to be there ,he wasnt even in the will and after mj said how afraid he was of him he has the balls to show up looking for cash .just thinking of these people makes me feel like i need to take a shower...gross

1855 days ago
78.

oreo    

Wow I did not know so many people knew the jackson family personally...

1855 days ago
79.

Kimberly    

Glad the judge left it alone.
Miss you michael.

1855 days ago
80.

Real Truth    


The Spec Admins are there for a Reason !!
That Reason is that MJ knew his Family would NOT
Handle His Money well.. So He Put People Who MADE HIM MONEY
in charge of the Money.. Makes Since !!

MJs family are a Bunch of Greedy Sickos.
If I was the Judge I would Strip them of Every Dime..

1855 days ago
81.

Michelle    

Will they just arrest this Billie Jean Jackson already! The woman needs mental help. I really mean it, she needs help and I hope someone gets it for her.

God bless you and your children Michael!
I love you more!

1855 days ago
82.

KMOD    

Do not let someone in the family have charge of the money... they have all shown (except Janet) they don't know how to handle money. They need to step back from the $$ and respect what Michael set forth in the choices he made.

1855 days ago
83.

janalal4    

"Billiejean Jackson objects"!! LMAO!!

1855 days ago
84.

Helen    

AB, when I say transparency, I meant Katherine being informed of financial decisions, she could receive a monthly report, she should have a say about the finances. The thought of estate doing just whatever with the money without letting Katherine know is just NOT settling. estate gives Katherine whatever little bit she asks then they expect her not to question anything else. Branca's close connection to AEG & especially Mottola is unsettling as well.

1855 days ago
85.

nan    

A B well put ..late for the funeral but on time when the cash is involved

1855 days ago
86.

TEAMBRANCA    

temporary victory for MJ's wishes and team branca/MJ

mcmillan is a douche

smoking gun my a@@ oxman

1855 days ago
87.

pl    

Billie Jean Jackson objects!!!! To what, we don't know.
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HA HA HA HA HA!!!

What IS it with this Billie Jean person! Why can't they ban her from the courtroom? Geezzzz!!

1855 days ago
88.

Helen    

Billie Jean Jackson objects!!!! To what, we don't know.

LOL

1855 days ago
89.

janalal4    

69. AB, when I say transparency, I meant Katherine being informed of financial decisions, she could receive a monthly report, she should have a say about the finances. The thought of estate doing just whatever with the money without letting Katherine know is just NOT settling. estate gives Katherine whatever little bit she asks then they expect her not to question anything else. Branca's close connection to AEG & especially Mottola is unsettling as well.

Posted at 5:32PM on Oct 2nd 2009 by Helen

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2009/10/02/judge-checks-in-on-michael-jacksons-kids/5#comments#ixzz0SohJ2VMA

Helen, It's not Katherine's estate or her money. It's Michael's.

1855 days ago
90.

SHEILAB_UK    

The way I feel right now, I am getting to dislike the JACKSON'S. I can see why MICHAEL tried to do thing on his own, he knew the family would try to control him. They was not there when he needed them the most, how can a family all live within miles of each other yet MICHAEL seemed to be so lonely. I also don't understand why they are not standing by MICHAEL'S wishes in his WILL, they don't like the idea of the JACKSON'S having control, WHAT A FAMILY. I was going to THE TRIBUTE IN LONDON 2010
but I don't think I can give the FAMILY my MONEY now.

1855 days ago
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