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EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer Reveals Why Dr Arnold Klein Wants Say In Custody Decision

Aug. 3 2009, Published 1:16 p.m. ET

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The appearance of an attorney representing Dr. Arnold Klein at the guardianship hearing for Michael Jackson's three kids was a surprise even to the court, which ruled the dermatologist had no legal standing to interject himself into the decision.

In a statement to, the attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, explained why Klein feels compelled to be involved.

"At 9:15 AM today, August 3, 2009, we appeared on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein before Judge Mitchell Beckloff in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Probate Department 5, to ask the Court to allow Dr. Klein to have an opportunity to present evidence to the Court for its consideration in fashioning an appropriate guardianship order with specific protection and supervision in areas relating to Paris Katherine and Prince Michael's upbringing that were of particular concern to Michael.  Dr. Klein is not objecting to Katherine Jackson being the guardian nominee, but was acting on promises he made to Michael with respect to assuring the long term health and stability of the children and their ability to enjoy as normal of a life out of the spotlight as could be reasonably possible.

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"Dr. Klein has always had a special relationship with Paris Katherine and Prince Michael, loves and cares deeply for these children and is looking out for their best interest.  Dr. Klein has been involved with the children in sharing holidays and other special events and wishes to have the ability to continue his involvement as a very close friend of their father and offers his guidance and protection forever."

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Grandmother Katherine Jackson was granted permanent guardianship of all three children.

Klein's statement only deals with the older two - Prince Michael and Paris - which is particularly interesting given the many rumors that have him as their biological father.

Kaplan said he is preparing legal papers which he'll present to the court on September 1.



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