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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, August 26, 2012

TJ Jackson As Co-guardian Of Michael Jackson's Children

Images-8Judge Mitchell Beckloff recently named Tito “TJ” Jackson permanent co-guardian of the singer’s children. TJ will share the responsibilities with grandmother Katherine. 

At the hearing, a woman showed up in court, claiming to be Michael Jackson’s cousin, and asking the court to delay in appointing TJ Jackson.  Debra Jackson and her adult son Anthony Jackson also chimed in on the appointment, expressing their concerns with TJ as a guardian.  Debra describes that she and her son were alienated from Michael’s three children when TJ became their guardian.  She says that this separation is not in the children’s best interest.

There were also allegations that TJ lied to the court to obtain temporary guardianship, and manipulated Katherine to seek co-guardianship with him.  Beckloff asked Katherine’s attorney whether she was being unduly influenced to agree with the co-guardianship agreement, and the lawyer strongly denied that idea. 

In spite of these objections, and a few other complications, Judge Beckloff awarded permanent co-guardianship to TJ.  He observed that the children have a strong loving relationship with him. 

See Luchina Fisher, TJ Jackson Granted Permanent Co-guardianship of Michael Jackson Kids, ABC News, Aug. 24, 2012. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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