Governor Fallin has spoken personally with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley about the case of Dusten Brown, Veronica’s biological father. Today our office received the request for his rendition.
Governor Fallin’s priority is to help resolve this issue quickly, in order to protect the wellbeing of Veronica and to give closure to all parties. However, Mr. Brown has chosen to contest the legality of his arrest warrant in Sequoyah County Court, as is his right. The court will hear his case on September 12, approximately one month from now. Governor Fallin believes that Mr. Brown should have the opportunity to argue his case in a court of law, and she will not act on the rendition order before that date. However, the governor encourages both the Capobianco family and Mr. Brown to reach a resolution outside of court as quickly as possible.
Governor Fallin issued the following statement:
“As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling.
“As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina. Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary.
“To be clear, the legal system cannot deliver a happy ending in this case. Only Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family can do that. For Veronica’s sake, I urge them to reconcile and to come to an agreement that best serves their child and grants all parties some measure of peace.”