Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed extradition order for Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and father of Veronica Brown.
Governor Fallin's office released a statement just before 5:00 pm. In the statement Governor Fallin cited that Brown "is not acting in good faith" and is in "open violation" of Oklahoma and South Carolina courts.
Brown has been in and out of Oklahoma courts for the past couple weeks attending hearings in the bitter custody battle with the non-Native adoptive South Carolina couple.
Apparently, Brown attending a hearing with the Oklahoma State Supreme Court did not satisfy the Oklahoma governor.
“[Brown] has disobeyed an Oklahoma court order to allow the Capobianco's to visit their adopted daughter and continues to deny visitation,”
Fallin said in the statement.
"He is acting in open violation of both Oklahoma and South Carolina courts, which have granted custody of Veronica to the Capobianco's. Finally, he has cut off negotiations with the Capobianco's and shown no interest in pursuing any other course than yet another lengthy legal battle."
After Brown turned himself in for the South Carolina arrest warrant for "custodial interference," he was booked and arraigned. He was granted bail and an extradition hearing was set for September 12.
The next day, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed the extradition order on August 13. At that time, Governor Fallin did not sign the extradition order pending the September 12 hearing.
"My goal in the Baby Veronica case has been to encourage both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family to reach a quick settlement and come to an agreement that protects Veronica's best interests,"
she said Wednesday.
" Unfortunately, it has become clear that Dusten Brown is not acting in good faith As governor, I am committed to upholding the rule of law. As a mother, I believe it is in the best interests of Veronica to help end this controversy and find her a permanent home. For both of these reasons, I have signed the extradition order to send Mr. Brown to South Carolina."
Throughout the Oklahoma court process, there has been a gag order in effect, therefore, there has been limited information about the court proceedings. It was not known when or if Brown will turn himself into Oklahoma authorities.
Governor Fallin maintains her signing the extradition order does not impact Veronica's custodial transfer to the South Carolina adoptive couple from the Brown family.
posted September 4, 2013 7:45 pm edt