U.S. Supreme Court holds last hope for 'Save Veronica' group
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Reminders are all over Jessica Munday's office. Along with co-workers and friends, Munday has been fighting with the group "Save Veronica" for the past year. The last hopes to bring the little girl back to her adoptive parents in Charleston will rest with U.S. Supreme Court justices.
"I never thought in a million years we would be here a year later facing the possibility of the United States Supreme Court taking her case," said Munday.
U.S. Supreme Court justices will discuss whether or not to take up Veronica's in Washington, D.C. Friday.
Veronica's case will be one of 30 cases the Nation's highest court will talk about.
In July, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld the decision not to return Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.
In a 3-2 vote, the court sided with the child's biological father, Dusten Brown, who is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation by rule of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act. ICW is a federal law designed to preserve Native American families.
Todd Hembree, who is the Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation, said this case has no business being in the U.S. Supreme Court.
"We believe that the South Carolina Supreme Court was correct and there's no reason for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on this issue," said Hembree. "We've already filed our objections as to why this is not a case that is right for the Supreme Court."
If the high court decides not to take up the case, Munday says their efforts to 'Save Veronica' haven't been in vain. She hopes that one day to see the happy little girl back to Charleston.
"If they don't accept the case then we have agreed that we have to close this chapter and know that we did everything that we possibly could to stand up for her," said Munday.
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