Michael Jackson's father Joe has had his challenge to the administration of late-son's estate rejected in a Californian court, which claimed he had no legal standing on the issue as he was not named in his will.
Michael Jackson's father has had a bid to challenge the administration of his late son's will rejected in court.
Joe Jackson had gone to the appeals court to claim he had a right to object to executors John McClain and John Branca being appointed to handle the 'Billie Jean' hitmaker's affairs, but the California 2nd District Court of Appeal unanimously ruled he had no legal standing to make such a claim.
Speaking after the hearing yesterday (26.10.10), Joe claimed the pair were trying to "sweep everything under the rug".
The pop patriarch - who had a troubled history with his son Michael, who died from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - was omitted from the 'Thriller' singer's will entirely, and has since tried to claim all parents should be involved in their late-children's affairs.
He said: "I think it's an important issue for all fathers around the country and around the world that when their child dies they should have a say-so in their child's estate."
Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Michael's estate, hopes the ruling will lead to an end to the legal wrangling.
He said: "I am pleased, but not surprised. We hope this decision finally puts this issue to rest."
Joe has accused Branca and McClain of misconduct, claiming the pair fabricated the will in the first place.
His lawyer Brian Oxman expects he will appeal the ruling.