BRISTOL LOSES ROUND 1 IN BABY BATTLE WITH LEVI

Published on: December 29, 2009
BRISTOL LOSES ROUND 1 IN BABY BATTLE WITH LEVI

Despite Bristol Palin's efforts to keep the court proceedings confidential, a judge has ruled that the court be open to the public as she and baby daddy Levi Johnston fight over custody of their 1-year-old son Tripp.

Bristol filed for full legal and physical custody of Tripp in November, as well as child support. In a sworn statement she asserts, "Levi is not yet mature enough to take on significant parental responsibilities."

Levi is seeking shared custody and feels keeping matters out in the open will ensure fairness. "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," Levi said in his affidavit.

"So, I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin's instinct to attack."

Bristol countered, "None of this is true; my mother is not involved in this case." The teen mom also said she believes Levi's motives are for "his own self-promotion."