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Dusten Brown holds his daughter Veronica, who turns 4 next month.

Oklahoma Governor Caves; Now Ready to Extradite Baby Veronica's Dad

Suzette Brewer
August 14, 2013

This morning, after a downtown Tulsa press conference in which Matt and Melanie Capobianco made an emotional plea for the return of Veronica Brown to them, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin reversed her position from yesterday and issued a threat to Oklahoma native Dusten Brown in signing an extradition warrant from South Carolina unless Brown "cooperated" with the Capobiancos.

Only yesterday, Fallin issued a statement to the Associated Press saying that she would not extradite Dusten Brown because "he has a right to his day in court."

"What Fallin may not realize, or doesn't care to realize is that Dusten Brown, prior to their latest round of playing the victim, had offered them shared custody every which way from Sunday—and they flat out rejected every single offer," said an insider. "He offered them summers and holidays, they said no. He offered them the school year and he get the summers, they said no. And now here they are on our doorstep whining about cooperation when they have rejected every single offer behind the scenes. They wanted all or nothing, and he's simply not going to do that. So here we are. It's disgusting."

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It is widely acknowledged that during her tenure she has lost a lot of political ground with Oklahoma's Indian tribes, who are collectively one of the largest employers in the state with billions in annual revenues and thousands of jobs. They comprise the second largest tribal population in the country after California.

"Mary Fallin has failed to be a good partner to her tribal constituents and this is just more proof that she is weighing her national aspirations with selling out and armtwisting her own citizens to pander to a foreign jurisdiction," said one tribal leader who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. "She's trying to have it both ways, but this is the deal: Is she going to stand up and support the American Indian people of Oklahoma and allow Dusten Brown his day in court, or is she going to be subservient to another state and allow native people to continue to be pawns in a political and judicial system that is not a friend to Indian tribes? Today's action is a politically calculated, 180-degree turn that will not go unnoticed when the next fundraising cycle comes around."

Fallin's office did not respond to requests for comment from Indian Country Today Media Network. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker also issued a statement voicing his continued support for the Brown family and their right to due process.

"The Capobiancos have requested the Cherokee Nation and Dusten Brown to follow the South Carolina court's order, but they forget that Dusten Brown has the same rights to have his arguments heard before our Oklahoma courts and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court," Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a statement issued after the press conference. "We respectfully ask the Capobiancos to allow that due process."



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Submitted by azpark on

Ms. Brewer

This is not a negotiation. The SC courts have issued their decisions in compliance with the SCOTUS. Article 4 of the Constitution requires all states to give full deference to all other states. The CN is playing with fire here. If they want to take this back to the Supreme Court I am sure Justice Roberts would be more than happy to accommodate them. The people at the NCAI Supreme Court Project are probably in need of life support about now.

Robin Emery
Submitted by Robin Emery on

You can recall Fallin, and take her out office. She should understand Illegal is illegal when it comes to the sale of human flesh. I thought we got beyond that during civil war. You know when the North fought the South? She needs to get a grip on facts of life. She may be a mother, But I don't think she understands what it's like as biological parent to loose a child to people who aren't connected. They are out for the see me aren't I a good person, I'm doing this because I love. No it's a way to make some money through the media, So they can put a book together and have the movie rights to this story. Check it out and find out for your selves

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on

Now isn't that just nice of the Oklahoma governor! Now she's ready to send him to SC! What a turn coat! I see she is going to lose her next election among Indian people! Chief Baker, how about getting this boy to the Cherokee capital? Would he be safe there?

I just saw a picture in a newspaper that shows these two child stealers. They are awful! Really trying to look the part of a devastated couple. These people know no shame it seems in trying to drum up sympathy!

I wouldn't care what race they were, but they are EVIL! STILL, they will not listen to reason! What is it going to take for these evil fools to wake up? Death or a severe accident for one or both of them? The spirits are so angry I would not want to be either of these two wicked people!

Something is going to happen I think, because the Great Spirit is about to turn loose on these child thieves!

I wonder why they are suddenly willing to even offer to compromise now? has something been dragged out of their pasts they do NOT want the world to know about? What do the rest of you folks here today think?

These evil ones need to remember that their sins WILL find them out as their Christian bible speaks of; sooner, rather than later!

Stay tuned my friends.................

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Submitted by nitrat on

I am a former child welfare worker & supervisor in South Carolina. I am so upset by the railroading of Dusten Brown, particularly since the case was returned from the US supreme court.
That the SC supreme court ordered the SC circuit family court to terminate his parental rights concurrent with approving adoption by the Boeing couple is PROOF that there is no evidence that Brown's parental rights had been terminated by himself or any court any where. This is so different from how TPRs are handled when SCDSS has custody of a child and Dusten Brown is just as entitled to a REAL TPR hearing as anyone who loses a child due to abuse or neglect. The SC supreme court has denied that.
In my opinion, Brown's attorney made a mistake in not fighting this case on the basis of the lack of legal TPR. There was a case in the mid-west in the 90s that is very similar in many aspects - except the applicability of ICWA - to this case. The child was returned to the bio father in that case and the precedent was established that the child of a parent who has not been legally TPRed cannot be adopted.
This child needs to be with the biological parent who wants her, not the Boeing baby buyers.

BTW, there is widespread disregard of ICPC. I am aware of Texas willy nilly sending children to SC to be adopted and SCDSS never knowing about it until they get reports of the child being abused/neglected by the adoptive placement.
Private adoption COMPANIES are bad for children.