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Dwight Howard

Judge Refuses to Step Down

in Bitter Custody Case

4/1/2012 4:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dwight Howard with glasses
The controversial judge in Dwight Howard's custody case has refused to step down -- despite Dwight's baby mama clamoring for his removal ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... the NBA star's baby mama Royce Reed filed a motion earlier this month -- demanding Judge Tim Shea recuse himself from the case because she believes he's biased against mothers who have babies out of wedlock with NBA players.

According to Reed -- who's fighting to retain primary custody of their son -- Dwight's attorney is listed as one of Shea's endorsers on his website ... so there's also a conflict of interest.

Dwight filed docs in response, defending Shea's position as the arbiter in their custody case -- claiming the only reason Reed perceives a bias is because she's intolerable in court ... "making faces, spinning around in a chair, laughing” ... and even “storming out of the courtroom."

This week, the judge refused to remove himself from the case. It's unclear why.

Royce’s attorney Jane Carey tells TMZ, “We believe that the judge's ruling is erroneous and that it does not conform to the governing case law." We're told Reed plans to take her case to the Supreme Court.

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Cognizant _illiberal    

I am very happy for Dwight, because women just see judges in the past most often give the mothers all the custody stipulations they want and to have a judge removed just because he is not ruling in your favor is so typical of these golddiggers and dont give me mess about his lawyers endorsement for the judge lawyers are always endorsing judges from their county or district it is common

934 days ago


I am Howard's side...fathers should have equal custody in most cases. That said, even with the appearance of bias, the judge should recuse himself.

933 days ago


Dwight is a total douche and fake who has 3 kids by 3 different women. And possibly up to 5 by 5 diff. women. He's phony. His image is phony. The only reason he keeps taking Royce back to court is because unlike his other baby mamas, she refuses to keep sleeping with him.

Can't wait for karma to get this phone dude.

933 days ago


don't trust that baby mama

933 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Another angry psychotic b***h involved with an idiot athlete, angry because she couldn't keep her claws into him even trapping him with a baby. What a shock.

933 days ago


Oh the history. See, sandiegojudges.com

933 days ago


glad to see that nasty dumb beeatches cant always get what she want ..........

933 days ago


That's what happens when u try that trapping move. Never works out. Deal w/ it baby momma.

933 days ago


Well, there are many baby mamas out there, willing to let the players breed them, not caring if it results in a baby. They know the players have the funds to support them. Maybe the real idea is that players don't have to pay the baby mamas, maybe they will wake up and use protection or birth control.

933 days ago


I can't stand that slut...

933 days ago


the supreme court... seriously.....

931 days ago


Why won't these people just use birth control/condoms? Proof that only stupid people are breeding

895 days ago

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