Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
OKLAHOMA CITY The highly contested Veronica Brown custody battle has moved to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.
The online Oklahoma State Courts Network is reporting the Oklahoma State Supreme Court has stayed last Friday's Nowata District Court's custody transfer signed by District Judge Curtis Delapp of Veronica Brown to the non-Native adoptive South Carolina couple. There is a hearing set at the Oklahoma State Supreme Court in Oklahoma City.
With a gag order still in place, Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, has been mum. However, documents filed with the Oklahoma State Supreme Court after a district court in Nowata, Oklahoma last week suggest Brown was court ordered to turn over Veronica, who turns four years old on September 15, to the South Carolina couple.
Attorneys named as representing Brown and the Cherokee Nation at today's hearing are:
Clark O. Brewster
Robert R. Nigh, Jr. and
Chrissi R. Nimmo.
Attorney Angel Smith, who represents Veronica Brown's best interest in court proceedings is also listed to be present at the hearing.
Last Friday afternoon, twenty minutes before the Oklahoma State Supreme Court closed for the Labor Day holiday weekend, Brown filed a Writ of Prohibition. Brown and the adoptive couple were in the Nowata District Court earlier Friday.
Later that evening, Brown and his wife, Robin, along with Veronica were part of the Grand Entry at the Cherokee National Holiday Powwow on tribal grounds in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Brown is scheduled to appear in Cherokee Nation Tribal Court tomorrow on September 4. It is not known if today's hearing will impact whether or not tomorrow's hearing will proceed as scheduled.
See the Writ of Prohibition filing with the court.
posted September 3, 2013 11:30 am edt