Angelina Jolie wants the private judge thrown off of her divorce case, for good reason

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The crazy, damaging leaks about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce stopped as soon as Angelina hired Samantha Bley Dejean in 2018. It’s no secret that Jolie’s original lawyer, Laura Wasser, was a massive part of the problem in the first years of the divorce negotiations. Since Dejean has been on the case, it’s felt like both sides have made an effort to keep their respective camps a lot quieter, although it also feels like Brad and his team are continuously running to the tabloids to make him sound like Father of the Year for spending a few hours with his kids. Anyway, we’re coming up on the four-year anniversary of Angelina filing for divorce. And it still hasn’t been finalized. What’s the hold-up? Well, it looks like one of the hold-ups was the fact that the “private judge” who has been overseeing the slow-moving divorce proceedings is in bed financially with Brad’s lawyers??

Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys. In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jolie argues that Judge John W. Ouderkirk should be taken off the divorce case that she filed in 2016 because he was too late and not forthcoming enough about other cases he was hired for involving Pitt attorney Anne C. Kiley. It says that during the Jolie-Pitt proceedings Ouderkirk has “failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel.”

It goes on to say that Pitt’s attorney “actively advocated for Judge Ouderkirk’s financial interests in moving — over the opposing party’s opposition — to have his appointment (and his ability to continue to receive fees) extended in a high profile case.” An email to Kiley and Pitt’s lead attorney Lance Spiegel seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Pitt and Jolie, like other high-profile couples, are paying for a private judge in their divorce case to keep many of its filings and the personal and financial details within them sealed, though some legal moves must be made within standard court procedure. Jolie’s filing emphasizes that a private judge must follow the same rules of disclosure and conflict of interest that other judges must. The filing says “it doesn’t matter if Judge Ouderkirk is actually biased. Under California law disqualification is required so long as a person aware of the facts ‘might reasonably entertain a doubt’ about Judge Ouderkirk’s ability to remain impartial.”

[From NBC Washington]

Well well. The shenanigans with this divorce, my lord. The switching lawyers thing, the media games, Brad hiring all of those crisis managers and now this: Brad’s lawyers were in business with the private judge. How in the world did Judge Ouderkirk not simply recuse himself? This is so shady!

I’ve said this before, but I believe both Angelina and Brad are drawing this out for entirely different reasons. Angelina wants to slow-walk this so that the kids will have more time and space away from Brad and so they can make their own decisions about seeing him. Brad is drawing this out because of HIS financials, and the fact that he apparently doesn’t want to pay Angelina a settlement or child support.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio back in their car on the set of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio back in their car on the set of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

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  1. Yvette says:

    Isn’t this the same judge who officiated at their wedding? And if this private judge is removed from the Jolie-Pitt divorce case, wouldn’t it just slow things down even further, as the new judge would have to review four years of notes and decisions?

    • Mia4s says:

      “ Isn’t this the same judge who officiated at their wedding?”

      Wait….WHAT?! I mean, that technically isn’t a conflict of interest. But it is weird!

      I believe California is a 14 or older state, so the only kids who don’t get a say in things are the twins. So my guess is it really comes down to money….and apparently his reluctance in relation their to. *side-eye*.

  2. Ariel says:

    I read a page six story on this – so slanted. Not just the article, even the headline was anti Jolie. They referred to it as an obvious delay tactic then guessed that the case was not going Jolie’s way.
    Imagine if brad spent half the money toward the divorce settlement than he does at his “fixers”.
    But again if she is slowing it down to delay the custody ruling, this works for her.
    But the legal reasoning in her argument is sound. The appearance of impropriety is a big thing in judge/attorney behavior and disclosure rules.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    They have been paying these high-powered attorneys and a private judge for four years. Insane. Settle this thing already.

  4. Greta says:

    It says in the filing, ” All the extensions of Judge Ouderkirk as a private judge have been on the insistence of Respondent.”

    So nope all Brad prolonging things. Angelina has primary custody, that’s not going to change after 4 years. And it’s just the twins under 14, I doubt he’d manage to get any kind of real shared custody of them at this point either if he hasn’t managed it in 4 years , so there’s no need for her to drag this. She made it clear when she hired Bley, and asked for Bifurcation in 2018 she wanted things finalised.

    I read the filing, Bley sets out their case in detail, and there’s a clear conflict of interest.

  5. Noki says:

    Maybe he secretly wants to keep her married to him for some reason.

  6. ad says:

    Obviously, Angelina was advised by her lawyers! No wonder why Pitt is winning if the Judge has/ had business association with one of his lawyers! Why be judge by this judge if he turned out to be an associate of Pitt’s lawyers! Waste of money, time & energy! Angelina is certainly a very strong,resilient woman who can handle the heat, she is not bothered about all the smears & negativity around her, if she has ground why not go Angie! Take care of yourself & kids no one else does except you!

  7. LidiaJara says:

    My dad was a mean drunk. I’m glad she was able to enforce a slow build up of his visitation and keep primary custody.

  8. Lively says:

    The judge should have excused himself, unprofessional fool

    • Dena Landon says:

      They don’t, though. There’s no real ethics review or accountability for judges. A friend of mine had to pay thousands of dollars to get the first judge assigned to her divorce off her case because – get this – the woman was her ex-husband’s *godmother* and she wouldn’t recuse herself.

      The judiciary is rotten and arrogant to the core.

  9. Truth hurts says:

    Let’s not overlook the fact his lawyers were meeting secretly and sliding him more money and she didn’t know it. Sneaky and dirty and a mess.

  10. ad says:

    No wonder why he kept extending it because his attorneys were cooking something with the judge, I wonder how she found out after all this time. I would have thought it was coming to an end & all this news how they are getting on so well now this?

    • Truth hurts says:

      On the petition shared online her lawyer investigated and found out. Wasser was garbage and probably in the LA network.
      They were trying to bamboozle Angie.
      Sliding the judge xtra cash and allowing extensions on Pitts behalf. For what? And HE knew about the secret meetings and money so he is in on it. Where is his fans and don’t contact on here spitting on Angelina.

  11. Kkat says:

    California is crazy, my sister filed for a divorce a month before Jolie did and hers still hasn’t gone through.
    AND my brother in law NEVER got a lawyer, never contested it, never filed papers himself AND signed the paperwork for my sister to have full custody with him getting visitation.

    • Cycle says:

      These two paid for a private judge though. They’re not in the public court system; should be able to resolve it more quickly!

  12. Charfromdarock says:

    The concept of a private judge or that a judge could be a customer of lawyers, boggles my mind.

  13. Meg says:

    Hes avoiding paying child support? He can plenty afford it so that’s rich. Jesus what a sleeze he turned out to be, maybe dont have so many kids if you dont feel theyre worth the support because again he can obviously afford it this isnt a lack of resources issue. His people stoop to such low levels he looks awful for okaying their behavior

  14. SpankFD says:

    Maybe he doesn’t want to get divorced? Maybe he thinks he can win her (them) back? It always seems like he parading for the public but now I think he was rolling out the girlfriends for Angie. I mean, hooking up with Aniston in Santa Monica? Repeatedly, after 15 years? Why if not to get under Angie’s skin?

    Mea culpa, baby. Toxic masculinity is standing between you and your dreams. There’s lots of help out there if you look…Fury Road. Mysterious Ways.