Cherokee Nation claims immunity against lawsuit
Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:08:38 GMT —
The Cherokee Nation is claiming it would be inappropriate for Baby Veronica's adopted parents to seek legal fees that total more than $1 million dollars.
Federal and South Carolina state law gives the tribe sovereign immunity. That condition would not apply to the biological father, Dusten Brown who fought a custody battle to keep her in Oklahoma.
After hiring expensive attorneys, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, was awarded custody of the 4 year old. Now, the couple has filed a motion to collect the $1 million dollars in attorneys' fees from Brown and his tribe. A judge in Nowata County, OK will likely have a hear the issue, but no court date has been set.