The custody issues surrounding the children of deceased pop star Michael Jackson were the prominent topics today in Los Angeles as national and international news media sought family law analysis and commentary on the complex Jackson custody situation. The family law offices of Feinberg & Waller, a professional corporation, fielded numerous queries from the media with regard to the custody issues that could potentially arise for Jackson's three children, Prince Michael, age 12, Paris-Michael Katherine, age 11 and Prince Michael II, age 7.
R& B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend, Rihanna. The gossip site TMZ.com had posted a photo of Rihanna with cuts and bruises after a pre Grammy Award altercation with Brown. Brown will be on probation for five years, attend a yearlong domestic violence prevention class and complete six months of community service. The judge also issued a "stay away" order that bars Brown from contacting Rihanna or coming near Rihanna. This closely watched case has played out internationally in the media due to the celebrity status of the parties involved. Intimate partner violence is an international problem that cuts across all social levels; perhaps the attention drawn to this case will motivate women involved in violent relationships to seek help.
The recent ruling by the California Supreme Court on the validity of Proposition 8 is a dangerous ruling for all minorities. The Court has handed the mob a loaded weapon that can too easily be used to pursue inappropriate discriminatory goals and agendas. The ruling undermines the judiciary's authority to protect minority rights and it substantially alters the California Constitution as a document of independent force and effect.