Since the above article was written, yet another order issued in Brazil. This one said that Sean must remain with his stepfather pending resolution of the court case. CBS then aired a controversial interview on The Morning Show with Sean's Brazilian stepfather and grandmother.
Up on my constitutional high horse, I then fired off this email to CBS News executives:
"CBS News needs to do its homework. The article "Boy must stay in Brazil for now, judge says" is as deficient in factual basis as was the soft, overly sympathetic interview of Joao Paulo Lins e Silva and Sean's grandmother on The Morning Show last week. Moreover, it shows a myopic lack of attention to the rule of law.
"The Sean Goldman case is -- plain and simple -- a case about kidnapping. This time it is not a parental kidnapping. Rather, it is a second kidnapping (wrongful detention) of Sean Goldman in Brazil by his stepfather Joao Paulo Lins e Silva. Still, Brazil shirks its duty to return Sean immediately, as Judge Pinto ordered on June 1st.
"Brazil became a Hague Convention signatory on 12/01/2003. Since then over 65 children have been abducted by parents to Brazil and not one has been returned. Brazil's own civil code says that when one parent dies, the other surviving parent (the legal, biological parent) by rule of law is automatically to have custody. Yet, when Sean's mother died, he was not returned to his biological father who has been seeking his custody since 2004.
"Sean's stepfather is himself a Hague Convention lawyer, as is his father. Therefore, every possible defense under the Hague Convention has been raised in the latest proceedings in Brazil. This is a kind of "throw everything against the wall and see if anything will stick" approach. The Brazilian federal court judge, Rafael Pinto, shot all of these defenses (and others equally ludicrous) down. Only the extraordinary and competent advocacy of David Goldman's lawyer, Patricia Apy of Red Bank, New Jersey could have led Judge Pinto to his insightful and competent decisions. Those decisions swept away any serious consideration of the "defenses" raised by Lins e Silva.
"If CBS is too busy to read the 65 page June 1st decision by Judge Pinto holding that Sean should "immediately" be returned to the U.S. and to the custody of David Goldman and Judge Pinto's subsequent June 8th decision describing the parental alienation to which Sean is subjected in Brazil, then I suggest that at the very least CBS might read my summaries. I trust that Patricia Apy will correct me if I have in any way failed to accurately state what Judge Pinto stated -- both as findings of fact and conclusions of law. Contact her if you have any questions. For any news agency to offer up commentary and news stories that ignore the factual details of this case and the rule of law is irresponsible. For a major U.S. news agency such as CBS to do so is incomprehensible. The term "yellow journalism" comes to mind.