Saturday, December 19, 2009

U.S. Dad's Legal Battles With Brazil Continue

"Brazil custody dad discouraged but determined"

"‘They brainwash him,’ David Goldman says of his son after latest court delay"
By Mike Celizic contributor

"It was supposed to be the end of a five-year saga — the day a New Jersey father was finally allowed to take his 9-year-old son back home. Instead, it became another wrenching setback in an international custody battle that has engaged even the presidents of both the United States and Brazil.

'I’ve been down this road before,' a drawn and haggard David Goldman told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Friday from Rio de Janeiro. 'I’ve been right here in front of this camera with the same view behind me, discouraged, disappointed, but no less determined to save my son'...

'It’s just something to expect the unexpected,' said Goldman. 'Until I’m on a plane with Sean, it’s not over. Until we’re back home in America with me and his family, it’s not over. Hopefully, we’re getting closer.'

On Friday, Goldman asked Brazil's attorney general to join his battle before the nation's Supreme Court, and a spokesman for the attorney general's office said the agency was looking into the request.

'We're evaluating how to proceed in this matter. A decision could be made today, or it could take more time than that,' the spokesman told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to discuss the case.

Goldman doesn't have a lot of time.

The Supreme Court adjourns for a two-month holiday break this weekend. If the entire court does not act to dismiss the injunction, court sources say, Goldman will have to wait until February to resume his battle."

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