The Jackson family turmoil appears to be settling down as matriarch Katherine Jackson was reinstated as a guardian of her grandchildren and Jermaine Jackson backed off on a challenge of his brother Michael’s will.
At a hearing Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff found that Katherine was doing a “wonderful job” with the late singer’s kids, Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.
“It’s clear to me that the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson,” the judge said, according to the Los Angeles Times. It is clear to me they love her very much.”
The judge also said that the children’s cousin T.J. Jackson – installed at an earlier emergency hearing as temporary guardian – would remain in that position and later share full guardian duties with Katherine.
The ruling came after Michael’s brother Jermaine said he had withdrawn his signature from a letter calling Michael’s will “fake, flawed and fraudulent” and accusing the executors of the estate of mismanagement and other misdeeds.
“After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael’s words about love not war,” he wrote in a statement posted on Twitter, where much of the infighting has played out. “In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive branch.”
He added: “Mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides in a highly-charged emotional environment. It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing.”