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Father's Quest for Son Strains US-Brazil Ties

4-year custody battle becomes political preoccupation
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 2:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama meets his Brazilian counterpart tomorrow, and a likely topic of conversation will be an 8-year-old boy, the Washington Post reports. Sean Goldman’s mother whisked him from Newark to Brazil 4 years ago without telling his father—an act both countries agree violated international law and is a matter for the Brazilian courts. But since her death in August, custody of Sean has become a political problem.

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Sean's father, David, is on a media crusade, arguing that his ex’s new husband, a well-connected lawyer, is unfairly swaying the courts. He describes himself as "just a guy trying to bring my son home"; the stepfather, who reportedly has 70 lawyers working on Sean's case, criticized David Goldman for exhibiting "the calculated capriciousness of an absent father."
(Read more Sean Goldman stories.)

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