Benson's daughter, grandchildren ask court to open competency proceedings

Benson's daughter, grandchildren ask court to open competency proceedings
Mr. Benson's funeral arrangements have benn set. (FOX 8 Photo)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The battle within Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson's family has taken a turn.

Attorneys for Renee Benson and Rita and Ryan LeBlanc have asked that some records in the competency case be open to the public record.

Attorneys asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to unseal records in the case questioning Tom Benson's mental competency. They are not seeking to reveal confidential medical information.

Attorneys for the Benson children maintain they are not seeking the release of medical records to embarrass the Saints owner, but rather to protect him from those who might attempt to take of advantage him.

The proceedings and filings in the case were sealed last year by Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese last year.

Benson released the following statement:

"I am grateful that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed the ruling that was handed down in the Civil District Court by Judge Kern Reese in this case where my daughter and two grandchildren attempted to have me interdicted. This continues to be a very sad and trying time for me and my wife Gayle. I am hopeful that the 4th Circuit's Opinion today will end this litigation.

"Last week, I signed the documents to settle the Shirley Benson Trust in Texas – a trust that I established, managed and successfully grew for the benefit of my daughter and grandchildren over many years. That settlement had my complete consent and authorization as the assets in that trust were left to my daughter and grandchildren in my former wife's Will. I saw no further need to manage those assets for those who have demonstrated such ingratitude toward me over the course of the last year.

"I am hopeful one day soon that all of their ungratefulness will end and I can continue to enjoy my work with the Saints and Pelicans without further interference."

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