Baby Veronica's Adoptive Parents Arrive in Oklahoma
By Yvonne Lewis
Baby Veronica's adoptive parents arrived in Oklahoma Tuesday evening.Matt and Melanie Capobianco plan to hold a news conference in downtown Tulsa on Wednesday morning to discuss their ongoing battle to take the 3-year-old girl back with them to South Carolina, according to a spokesperson for the family.Meanwhile, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says Dusten Brown should have the opportunity to argue his case in an Oklahoma court of law.She says she will not act on South Carolina's request before that hearing in Oklahoma takes place next month .Clark Brewster represents Dusten Brown on the warrant out of South Carolina. Brewster resists the implication his client is stalling and could be in more trouble in that state."No disrespect. I don't know the sheriff but seldom are they legal experts on the law as complex as this one in all deference to him, I take issue with that," says Brewster.Yesterday Brown turned himself in, in Sequoyah County and posted bond on the South Carolina warrant."So the next date to watch is September 12th? (Brewster) Unless something happens sooner I think that would be the day that you're going to have the legal machinery turning a little bit. Unless something happens sooner, what could that mean? (Brewster) you never know who would have thought South Carolina would charge him with a crime?Brewster says the issue is Brown's rights such as what decisions were made against those rights without his due process and the Cherokee tribe's involvement. Veronica's adoptive parents just want her back."We know better than anybody how it feels to have to hand over a child. we understand their pain. We know they care about her. We know they love her. One way or another, she's going to come home," says Matt and Melanie Capobianco.But when? Could it take years..until Veronica turns 18?"Well I don't think the court system would grind that slow. I think there's going to be a decision that's going to be more definitive sooner than that," says Brewster.From Governor Fallin's Office Concerning Dusten Brown, Biological Father of "Baby Veronica"Governor Fallin issued the following statement:"As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling."As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina. Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary."To be clear, the legal system cannot deliver a happy ending in this case. Only Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family can do that. For Veronica's sake, I urge them to reconcile and to come to an agreement that best serves their child and grants all parties some measure of peace."
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