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In a ruling that surprised many, L.A. Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff agreed to remove Katherine Jackson as legal guardian of Michael Jackson’s children until such time as she is able to fulfill those duties.

Beckloff assigned the duty, temporarily, to cousin TJ Jackson, 34, the son of Tito Jackson. His Honor clarified his ruling, “This is not based on any wrongdoing on Mrs. Jackson’s part nor is it a a power play by TJ Jackson. This is based on the allegation that Katherine Jackson is being prevented from acting as guardian.”

The court challenge played out ten days after the matriarch was spirited away from California by several of her adult children, who claimed she needed total rest.

Immediately following Wednesday’s court hearing, Katherine’s lawyer, Perry Sanders, told reporters that Randy Jackson phoned him to say that his mother was on a plane heading to LAX.

Sanders indicated he would vigorously oppose a move to permanently end his client’s guardianship role before meeting with her to discuss her health status and willingness to resume the duties of guardian.

Photos: WENN, Twitter-TJ Jackson