Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Condition. Discussion »
Good news came out of two state governors’ offices on Wednesday for Cherokee citizen Dusten Brown that extradition warrants were dropped.
“It is my hope this legal matter will be closed,”
commented Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in a press statement.
However, the custodial interference felony charge Brown faces in South Carolina was not dismissed.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made that fact clear in the letter she wrote to the Oklahoma governor that even though the extradition warrant was dropped, the criminal charge was not dismissed.
The charge was brought this past summer when Brown did not comply with a transfer order of his biological daughter, Veronica, who is also a Cherokee Nation citizen.
Brown maintains his innocence because he wanted to pursue all legal options he had in the Oklahoma, the state he resides and did so with Veronica until she was transferred to the non-Native South Carolina adoptive couple one week ago Monday evening, September 23.
Brown complied with the Oklahoma Supreme Court order to allow for the transfer of Veronica, who lived with Brown for about half of her life. That afternoon, the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted a stay that allowed Brown to keep custody of Veronica.
As this publication has already written previously, the Oklahoma Supreme Court did not think of Brown as a criminal, as they allowed Veronica to stay under his custody while the courts there reviewed the highly publicized case. State supreme courts don't allow minor children to stay with criminals.
Yesterday, the Native News Network contacted the South Carolina governor’s office to inquire about the possibility of the custodial interference criminal charge being dropped.
We were referred to the Scarlett Wilson's office. Ms. Wilson is the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor. Apparently, she can drop the charges.
We are calling on Ms. Wilson to do so, so that Dusten Brown can get on with his life. With this charge still pending, it is conceivable he will face arrest if he ever sets foot in the state of South Carolina.
He and his family have already faced enough hardships associated with this long and bitter custody battle.
Please feel free to send this commentary to:
Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor
101 Meeting Street, Suite 400
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
posted October 4, 2013 7:10 am edt