WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has denied a plea from the Cherokee father of the girl at the center of a drawn-out custody fight to step back into the case.
The court issued a brief order Friday turning away a request from Dusten Brown who is fighting the adoption of his 3-year-old daughter by a South Carolina couple. Brown cited a 1978 law to keep Indian children from being placed with non-Indian adoptive or foster parents.
The justices did not comment on their action, although Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor noted that they would have granted Brown's request.
A state judge on Wednesday finalized the South Carolina couple's adoption of 3-year-old Veronica. The Supreme Court ruled in June that South Carolina courts should determine the girl's placement.
Assistant Attorney General for the Cherokee Nation Chrissi Nimmo released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on Friday: