Adoptive parents, birth father in Veronica case again appear in Oklahoma appeals court
The adoptive parents and the birth father of 4-year-old Veronica met again today at an Oklahoma appeals court, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.
The newspaper reported that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island and Dusten Brown of Nowata, Okla., were spotted at the downtown Tulsa courthouse where the Court of Civil Appeals meets.
Exactly what is being discussed wasn’t clear because the proceeding was not public. A gag order also prohibits attorneys from discussing it.
It came after a six-hour hearing Monday at the same courthouse.
The Capobiancos are fighting for the girl they cared for until she was 2.
Brown won custody in late 2011 through the Indian Child Welfare Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer that the federal law didn’t apply to him.
South Carolina courts then finalized the Capobiancos’ adoption of Veronica, and the decree was registered in Oklahoma courts.
But before Oklahoma authorities could enforce the decree, Brown won a stay that temporarily prevented them from doing so. The measure allowed Brown to keep Veronica as his appeal is heard in Oklahoma courts.
It’s unknown when a final ruling might be issued.
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