Brazil Judge: Return Boy to US Dad

Ruling by nation's top justice makes a reunion likely
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2009 5:55 PM CST
David Goldman speaks to the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro Sunday.   (Silvia Izquierdo)
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(Newser) – Brazil's chief justice has ruled in favor of an American man seeking to gain custody of his son. Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes' ruling lifts a stay on a federal court's order for Brazilian relatives to hand over the boy. That puts David Goldman a crucial step closer to being reunited with 9-year-old Sean, possibly in time for the holidays.

Lawyers on both sides say there is still a chance for the Brazilian family to appeal, though the chances of success seemed slight. The boy was taken by Goldman's now-deceased ex-wife to her native Brazil in 2004, and Goldman has been fighting to get him back from the boy's stepfather.

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