When Bristol Palin filed her child custody case against Levi Johnston in November, she requested that the proceedings be kept private. Makes sense, right? Because really, when it comes to custody battles, even the most famous couples who have gone through the ugliest of breakups (see Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, for starters) will usually put the best interests of their children first by at least trying to keep their little faces out of the media spotlight. But not Levi. He has no problem putting Tripp in the center ring of what could turn into a media circus.
Amazingly enough, an Alaska judge has agreed with Levi that a public custody fight is the way to go. According to the Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen of Palmer ruled on Dec. 23 that Bristol Palin hadn't provided any evidence that Tripp would be harmed by the anticipated publicity. She ordered all the sealed records opened."
Sure, Tripp isn't old enough to know what the heck is going on now. But once he is, every dirty little detail will be waiting for him on the Internet...along with the millions of responses by anonymous commenters, who are not exactly known for spewing sunshine and rainbows. And isn't the fact that Tripp is just a baby the very reason the court and (especially) his father should be protecting his privacy? Well, according to Levi, this is all the evil grandmother's fault. His affadavit states,
I know that public scrutiny will simplify this matter and act as a check against anyone's need to be overly vindictive, aggressive or malicious, not that Bristol would ever be that way, nor that I would. But her mother is powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive. So, I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin's instinct to attack.
Is this guy for real? When did intense public scrutiny ever make anyone's life easier?
Bristol is rightly angry about the judge's decision, and has accused Levi of just using this case as a means of prolonging his 15 minutes of fame. Sounds about right. Evidently, the recent Playgirl model is in talks to develop his own reality TV series. Maybe Bristol should save everyone some time and just sign him up for Tool Academy? 6 Men We'd Enroll In Tool Academy
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