I received an alert at about 12:15 PM today that CNN reports that the Brazilian relatives of 9-year-old Sean Goldman, will not file any further appeals. Sean has been the subject of an international abduction case. [Note CNN still calls this a "custody battle"]. Yesterday, Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes of the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled against the grandmother and Sean's stepfather, Paulo Lins e Silva. He ordered the return of Sean to his American father David Goldman.
Sergio Tostes, attorney for Sean's grandmother Silvana Bianchi, said that the family is "just looking for a peaceful handover of Sean Goldman to his father and that they plan to start discussion about a transfer immediately, but that Sean would not be transferred today. I wonder why they have not scheduled the exchange to occur at the American Embassy soon. Send Sean now. All he needs is a toothbrush. [In fact, send him without a toothbrush.] Tostes says that he sees no reason to rush, despite the fact that Sean was to be released to David Goldman within 48 hours of the decision that was rendered on December 16th, one week ago.