Matthew Heller reports:
An Alaska judge’s decision allowing public access to proceedings in a custody battle over Sarah Palin’s grandson could encourage her to make a deal with the child’s father rather than risk an “onslaught” by “scandal-hungry tabloids.”
Palin’s personal attorney, who is not a family law specialist, is representing her daughter Bristol in a petition for custody of one-year-old Tripp Johnston. She based her hopes of keeping the case private on an Alaska law which provides that a child custody proceeding may be closed to the public “if it is in the best interests of the child.”
“If this custody case does not satisfy the criteria set forth in the statute, then no case would,” the Palin attorney, Thomas V. Van Flein of Anchorage, said in a motion for closure under Alaska Statute 25.20.120.
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