Another hearing over Veronica's custody


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Updated: 9/16/2013 5:17 pm Published: 9/16/2013 4:01 pm


Another hearing and still no resolution in the custody battle over little Veronica.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica's adoptive parents from South Carolina, and Dusten Brown, Veronica's biological father, met in the court of civil appeals today.

FOX23's Ian Silver was at the courthouse and said the hearing was long, but because of a gag order in place, no details were released.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court last week assigned the case to a special judge to figure out how to proceed with the case, which has had one twist and turn after another.

The court said Veronica should stay with Dusten Brown through the appeals process, despite a South Carolina court finalizing the Capobiancos' adoption and an order from Gov. Mary Fallin to extradite Brown to South Carolina on a custodial interference charge.

The hearing began around 9:30 Monday morning, and after three hours, they broke for lunch and then picked back up at 1:30.

Media was not even allowed on the floor of the building where the hearing took place because of the gag order, which remains in effect.


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t town253 - 9/17/2013 3:02 PM
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Im bout sick of this. This childs interest is not at all being taken into consideration. Selfishness has taken over and this poor lil girl suffers at the hands of stupid adults. !!!!!FACT!!!!!!

Kat1985 - 9/17/2013 1:17 PM
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FACT: PER THE SUPREME COURT: "It is UNDISPUTED the ONLY DOCUMENT father ever signed was a ONE PAGE ACCEPTANCE OF SERVICE that DOES NOT constitute a LEGAL TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS." Try again Disgruntled.

Kat1985 - 9/17/2013 1:17 PM
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FACT: PER THE SUPREME COURT: "It is UNDISPUTED the ONLY DOCUMENT father ever signed was a ONE PAGE ACCEPTANCE OF SERVICE that DOES NOT constitute a LEGAL TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS." Try again Disgruntled.

Kat1985 - 9/17/2013 1:16 PM
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FACT: PER THE SUPREME COURT:

Disgruntled - 9/17/2013 9:42 AM
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FACT: This man signed a legal document waiving all rights to his child. Now claiming ignorance of what he was signing does not work in the eyes of the law. FACT: For the adoptive parents to pay expenses for the expectant mother is normal in most states. FACT: The adoptive parents raised and loved this little girl for almost 2 years. You can't just shut that kind of love off. If you can, then you don't need to be a parent. FACT: Brown has snubbed his nose at the very laws that he swore to uphold as a National Guardsman. You can't just obey the laws you like, you have to obey them all. FACT: Even a court in Oklahoma has upheld the adoption in South Carolina, ordering Brown to turn over the child to her rightful parents. And they must have known that was going to happen because they had everything in place to file with the Supreme Court before the ink was even dry on the judge's orders. Give the child to her rightful parents, arrange some supervised visitation for Brown and his family and let Veronica live her life in peace with her parents, the Capobianca's. I wonder whether Brown really wanted Veronica when he sued for custody, or if grandparents and the "great Cherokee Nation" (what a joke) wanted her and an issue to take before the nation. Since he isn't a wealthy man, wonder who's paying for his lawyer; hmmm does the cherokee nation come to mind?

Phoenixflyfree - 9/16/2013 9:18 PM
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I'm so thankful that the Cherokee Nation is being as stubborn as they are in disobeying the judges orders and the law because the longer they bring media attention to this story, the more light will be shed on the abuse of ICWA by Native American tribes, not just with adoption cases but with ALL CASES!

MamaG - 9/16/2013 9:08 PM
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This should be a notice to unwed father's everywhere. If you don't establish paternity, and you sign something you didn't read, expect things to happen that you didn't want to happen. You can't just "get around" to being responsible. Read the case history in both South Carolina Supreme Court decisions and in the SCOTUS decision. Brown legally abandoned his daughter and her mother. He was preparing to deploy for a year without even knowing her name or getting a lawyer to see his daughter or even adding her to his military benefits. It's pretty clear he didn't want her then or didn't know what he wanted because for some reason he just didn't do what needed to be done to claim his child (which unwed fathers must do to have custodial rights). It's sad all around. Everyone, including Brown, is now paying for his inaction in 2009.

wisdomone - 9/16/2013 7:22 PM
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They are accustomed to stealing children out of sight of the public. They are in quite a predicament as politically, they need to obey the politically well connected 'adopters', but with the public eye on them, it would not look good to openly steal children from pit and loving parents. Adoption was meant to be a service for needy children, not to provide babies for infertile couples. Most people were not aware of what this industry has become. When we start acting like our children are pawns of a Chess game, we know we are in trouble.

DoniD - 9/16/2013 7:15 PM
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I don't understand how SC could have finalized an adoption, of a child that HAD NOT BEEN FREED FOR ADOPTION. That state, did NOT look to see if there were ANY BLOOD relatives that would qualify. BLOOD Father, GRANDMOTHER, or AUNTS and UNCLES. In Calif. (as A foster Parent for 35 years, 200 kids, I had many that I had, that couldn't be released to ANY person, until they CHECKED out, EVEN IF OUT OF STATE. ONE child, went to a birth father, in White Plains NY, when I was in San Jose, CA with the child. I can't understand the dealings with SC in saying the adoption is final, when she has NOT BEEN FREED from her BLOOD FATHER, and any other BLOOD RELATIVE.

Kellie C - 9/16/2013 6:47 PM
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Kudos to KSTate and bunt for recognizing this case for what it is. An entitled couple trying to take someone else's child. This case exemplifies what is wrong with adoptions today. It is not about finding a needy child a home but a child for a needy couple. Adoption agencies and adoption lawyers are taking full advantage of the state of our adoption laws today. Laws that are designed to protect the paying customer and not the child or their biological family. The situation Mr. Brown and his family have found themselves in is not atypical. They are just one of the few who have found the will to fight. They should be commended.
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