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Veronica and parties due in court today

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According to our NBC affiliate, KJRH, Veronica and all parties involved in the heated custody debate are due in a Cherokee County Court Friday morning.

Lori Alvino McGill, an attorney for Veronica's biological mother told 2News "After fully participating in 19 long months of litigation in South Carolina family courts, state courts and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Brown and the Cherokee Nation persist in initiating a new wave of lawsuits in courts that lack jurisdiction."

Thursday the Capobiancos filed a motion to have her brought to the courthouse this morning along with the biological father Dusten Brown, his wife, and his parents who have guardianship of the girl under Cherokee Nation Court orders.

Right now Oklahoma law gives Brown until next Friday to challenge the South Carolina ruling to return Veronica to the James Island couple.

It's not clear if a judge would have the authority to send Veronica back to South Carolina at the hearing today.

That hearing is at 10 a.m. EST Friday morning.

The following is a statement regarding the court hearing scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16 in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, from Jessica Munday, a spokesperson for the Capobiancos. 

"Late yesterday afternoon while visitation discussions were still occurring, the Capobiancos received notice from Brown's attorneys that a tribal court hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning to 'determine guardianship' over Veronica. The Capobiancos and Veronica's birth mother were intentionally excluded from the hearing. After 19 long months of trying this case in local family courts, state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, Brown has determined yet again his intent to continue to drag this unfortunate situation out further. Because of his actions, the Capobiancos issued a special federal request in Cherokee County, where Brown has been hiding out with Veronica. Brown's insistence on creating more roadblocks forced them to ask an Oklahoma judge to demand that Brown turn over their daughter. Veronica does not need nor deserve any more court hearings. Veronica deserves for this to be over! This situation remains heart-wrenching and the Capobiancos and their family do not rejoice in this matter. Their hearts go out to the Brown family. They, more than anyone else, understand the pain and hurt created by these circumstances. The best thing for both families, and more importantly for Veronica, is the critical step toward closure."

 

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