AceShowbiz - Brad Pitt's petition to challenge a decision on his ongoing custody battle with Angelina Jolie has been denied. The "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actor's request to review the case was rejected by the California Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, October 27, the high court upheld the appellate court's disqualification decision in a ruling by simply stating, "Petition and stay denied." The custody arrangement now adheres to the November 2018 agreement regarding the actors' children, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, 15-year-old Shiloh and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
A representative for Brad said that the appeals court's previous decision "was based on a technical procedural issue." The rep further stated that the Supreme Court's decision not to review that procedural issue "does not change the extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the trial judge, and the many experts who testified, to reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children's best interests."
In a statement released on October 27, Angelina's attorney said that the "Maleficent" actress welcomed the decision. "Ms. Jolie is focused on her family and pleased that her children's wellbeing will not be guided by unethical behavior," her lawyer explained.
"As reinforced by California's appellate courts, our judiciary prioritizes ethics and children's best interests, and won't tolerate judicial misconduct to reward the interests of a party," Angelina's legal team continued. "Ms. Jolie is glad for the family to now move forward cooperatively."
Brad's petition was filed in September. The filing came after Judge John Ouderkirk was disqualified from the custody case for "failure to make mandatory disclosures" about other legal proceedings involving the actor's legal counseling, which "might cause an objective person, aware of all of the facts" to doubt John's impartiality in the case.
In Brad's request, his attorneys argued that disqualifying John "effectively upended the constitutionally authorized temporary judging system in California." The "World War Z" actor's lawyer also believed that it "throws open the door to disqualification challenges at any point during a case, even if the party raising the motion has long been on notice about the alleged grounds for disqualification."
"In so doing, the opinion is guaranteed to fuel disqualification gamesmanship," the petition read. The document added that the opinion "raises serious questions as to whether the temporary judging system is a viable option in California's severely backlogged judicial system."