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Brazil justice rules for US dad in custody battle

David Goldman speaks to the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro. David Goldman speaks to the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro.
By BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil's chief justice has ruled in favor of an American man seeking to gain custody of his son. Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes' Tuesday ruling lifts a stay on a federal court's order for Brazilian relatives to hand over the boy.

That puts David Goldman one step closer to being reunited with his 9-year-old son, Sean.

The boy was taken by Goldman's now-deceased ex-wife to her native Brazil in 2004, where he has remained. Goldman has been fighting to get him back from the boy's stepfather.

Lawyers on both sides say there is still a chance for the Brazilian family to appeal, though the chances of success seemed slight.

 

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