I’ve been traveling abroad and by the time I find some free wifi to post this blog, there will probably be about 5 more motions filed in the vicious custody battle between Usher Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond.
As you know, the two have been battling it out in a Fulton County Courtroom for months now and even with a “judgement” in the case, there is still no resolution.
Tameka was vilified in and out of the court room the entire time with “mainstream” media making us believe she was making noise over the cancellation of a Sak’s credit card, when in actuality was a DISCOUNT card used for her business. Usher & his highly paid crisis management team made sure that it was TAMEKA who appeared to be the uncaring parent, even though she lost her 11 year old son through no fault of her own.
I wouldn’t put it past him to have paid trolls on blawgs leaving those scandalous comments y’all all complain to me about (but I digress).
This may be a long read… so go ahead and mentally prepare yourselves…There have been no “shocking revelations” that Tameka was an unfit parent but there has been a major PR campaign designed to make Usher look like a saint (ie flying her back to tend to her dying son) and if you notice, during that time ALL press was focused on “Usher’s” stepson with fans sending HIM well wishes and prayers while they continued mocking a grieving mother with vicious written attacks.
And y’all wonder why I’m so “biased” about the situation? Hhmph!! Don’t even get me started about some of the things I’ve heard about Usher offering Tameka money for the kids as if they were toys that could be bought or sold… or that drug test that he flat out REFUSED to take! Anywhooo, I’m sure we can all agree… Usher is no saint either.
VIDEO: Closing Arguments of Raymond v. Raymond Custody Battle (video via: HipHopEnquirer)
In comes the “questionable” relationship between the judge and Usher’s attorney.
The net was buzzing about the judges decision to rule in Usher’s favor, which was made after many explosive details were revealed (like him, and there was much speculation of justice having a price tag and Usher’s money being a major factor in the decision.
So as any good attorney would do, Lisa West, Tameka’s attorney filed a motion seeking a new trial that included documents and financial disclosures that revealed Usher’s attorney, John Mayoue and Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane (who ruled in the case) may have been a bit too closely connected for there to be a fair outcome.
Among the accusations in the motion, West says that Mayoue held fundraisers for Judge Tipton-Lane’s re-election campaign and raised over
40% 83% (EIGHTY THREE PERCENT!) of her total contributions. She also noted that all of Mayoue’s high-profile cases were tried in front of the judge.
West wants Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane to step down and also filed a petition requesting that the judge recuse herself from further rulings on the case.
Usher’s attorney filed 60+ page response to the Motion, 40 of which included copies of the financial disclosures mentioned in Tameka’s motion for a new trial.
He also calls the Motion for recusal “baseless, unwarranted and untimely” but mentions that he omitted an affidavit that he should have filed at the start of the custody battle that would have disclosed his financial relationship with the judge.
There’s way too much going on in this case!
[Sidebar: Here's a lil tidbit that you probably didn't know. A lil birdie told me that on the day Usher was supposed to take possession of his two sons, he wasn't even in the country!
Dude was in London performing on September 1st, which was the date Judge Lane ordered in her judgement but I'm sure it's all Tameka's fault that the kids didn't fit into his performance schedule... again, I digress.]
This case could probably go on FOREVER but one thing should be clear. Tameka is a mother who will fight for her kids no matter what.
With all the naysayers going on on Tameka, have you ever wondered why her ex-husband Ryan never hit the stand to say anything negative about her mothering?
To be continued… (and to think, Usher & Tameka’s sons are young! These two still have about 13 or 14 more years to deal with each other. *sigh*)