Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute

By KRISTI EATON Published: April 18, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sought to speak with advisers about repercussions with the Cherokee Nation as she considered intervening in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee girl.

Veronica was in the center of a custody battle between her biological father, Cherokee Nation member Dusten Brown, and her adopted parents.

The email correspondence was among thousands of pages released to The Associated Press on Friday under an open-records request about the case.

The correspondence included news articles about the case, strategy between the governor and her advisers and emails from constituents.

Fallin had signed an extradition order for Brown to face a criminal charge for refusing to hand over Veronica.

But Brown ultimately handed the child over to her adopted parents and the extradition order was dropped.