Politics and Government
6:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Cherokee Dad Wants Supreme Court Intervention

The birth father of a girl of Cherokee heritage is asking the Supreme Court to stop a state-court ordered handover of his daughter to adoptive parents.

The seal of the Cherokee Nation
Seal of the Cherokee Nation

The filing Friday by Dusten Brown is the latest legal maneuver in a drawn-out fight for custody of 3-year-old Veronica. She lived the first 27 months of her life with adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco in South Carolina and the past 18 months with Brown inĀ Oklahoma.

The Capobiancos won a Supreme Court ruling in June and the South Carolina high court last week ordered a family court to finalize the adoption of Veronica by the Capobiancos.

Brown wants the justices to intervene again because he says the state judges misread the June ruling and did not take account of Veronica's interests.