Dr. Phil McGraw was on the Jay Leno TV show, defending Alec Baldwin in his custody battle. He said that no parent should be judged by one private conversation, and that parental alienation is rightly treated harshly in many states where it can result in a parent losing all rights. He implied that Kim Basinger was really the one at fault for releasing the phone recording to the press.
But then Dr. Phil recommends that the court appoint a guardian ad litem -- an attorney who will advocate the interests of the child.
Huhh? Baldwin and Basinger have been battling over custody in court for about five years already, and it is all going to be solved by getting another lawyer in on the action? I doubt it. The problem is that there is an incompetent judge who has already wasted too many years doing futile evaluations of trivial evidence. He should just split the custody and dismiss the case.