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Governor Fallin signs extradition request for Baby Veronica’s father

Filed by KOSU News in Local News.
September 4, 2013

If Dusten Brown turns himself in, he’ll be headed to South Carolina to face charges in the Baby Veronica case. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an extradition request Wednesday, after initially promising to wait until September 12th. Spokesperson Alex Weintz says Brown is no longer acting in good faith.

“The Supreme Court has ruled, Oklahoma courts have ruled, and South Carolina courts have ruled on the custody of Baby Veronica. At this point, Dusten Brown is essentially defying the law.”

Weintz says Brown wasn’t allowing the adoptive parents of the Cherokee girl to visit her. In a statement, Governor Fallin said “[Brown] has cut off negotiations with (the adoptive parents) the Capobianco’s and shown no interest in pursuing any other course than yet another lengthy legal battle.”

But the order has just been signed by the Governor. Alex Weintz refused to say whether Oklahoma law enforcement might intervene.

“We anticipate that Dusten Brown will cooperate, turn himself in, and the legal process will continue from here.”

Dusten Brown’s attorneys, and the Cherokee Nation could not immediately be reached for comment. There is a gag order in place for the custody case.

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