Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
OKLAHOMA CITY South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed an extradition order Monday to request the state of Oklahoma send Cherokee Dusten Brown, Veronica's biological father, to South Carolina to face felony custodial interference charges.
Governor Mary Fallin spoke with her South Carolina counterpart and has refused the sign the extradition order that would send Dusten Brown immediately.
After South Carolina authorities issued a felony warrant for his arrest last Friday, Brown who was Iowa for National Guard training went back to Sallisaw, Oklahoma yesterday to the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department. He was arraigned at the county's district court and refused extradition to South Carolina.
That is when Governor Haley signed the extradition order.
Brown hired Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster as a defense attorney to handle the criminal charges.
“The statute they charged him with in South Carolina does not exist in Oklahoma,”
Brewster told the Native News Network on Monday afternoon as he was on his way home to Oklahoma from New York. He met with Brown this morning to review the case.
After receiving the extradition order, Governor Fallin spoke with the South Carolina governor to let her know, while she sympathizes with both parties of this highly contested adoption case, Brown has a right to a hearing.
Late this afternoon, 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."
posted August 13, 2013 7:20 pm edt