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High court to tackle baby Veronica adoption dispute

Editor's note: In an interview on AC360, Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke with an attorney, Paul Clement, representing the adoptive parents.

A custody battle involving the "best interests" of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, an issue spanning the rights of adoptive parents and the desire to preserve Native American families within tribes.

The justices announced Friday they will hear an appeal from Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who legally adopted little Veronica in 2009, shortly after the birth mother agreed to give up the child. Oral arguments in the case will likely be heard in April with a ruling by late June.

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  1. Paul R. Jones

    This is the proper question to be argued before the United States Supreme Court: IN RE Baby Veronica

    "Where is the proclamation ratified by the voting public of the United States that amends the U.S. Constitution to make the health, welfare and benefits of a citizen distinguishable because of their Indian race?"

    January 5, 2013 at 9:01 am |
  2. Wilda Gregory

    Baby Veronica is at home now, where she belongs, with her Tribe, family and father. She will now learn her culture
    and heritage. The adoption of our children outside our culture is a slower form of genocide and the reason we
    fought for the Indian Child Welfare Act.

    January 5, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • Paul R. Jones

      Wilda, perhaps you can answer my question: "Where is the proclamation ratified by the voting public of the United States that amends the U.S. Constitution to make the health, welfare and benefits of a U.S. Citizen distinguishable because of their Indian ancestry/race?"

      February 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm |

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