TJ Jackson Appointed Co-Guardian of MJ's Kids

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A judge has appointed Michael Jackson's nephew TJ a permanent co-guardian of the pop star's three children.

During a hearing Wednesday in Los Angeles, Judge Mitchell Beckloff named TJ -- the 34-year-old son of Michael's brother Tito -- co-guardian of Paris, 14, Prince Michael, 15, and Blanket, 10.

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TJ Jackson has been sharing responsibilities for the children with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, since being appointed a temporary guardian last month. TJ was reportedly already playing a role in helping Katherine raise the children since the music superstar's death in June 2009.

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Katherine was temporarily removed as the children's guardian last month because she had been away from her California home and hadn't spoken with the children for several days while on a trip to Arizona. She was reinstated as guardian the next week after a judge said an investigation found that she had been doing a good job with the children and that they loved her.

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The recent guardianship changes came amid drama in the Jackson family stemming from a dispute over the late pop superstar's will and the management of his lucrative estate.