Dusten and Veronica Brown – Summer 2013
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Contempt charges pending against Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown, the father of the four-year old Veronica, have been dropped in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Tulsa World reported in its Friday edition that the charges were dropped “with prejudice,” which means the charges will not be filed again. On Thursday, a Charleston judge dropped the charges at request of the non-Native adoptive couple, who now have custody of Veronica.
Brown was involved in a long battle to raise his biological daughter, Veronica. The case drew national attention and ultimately was argued before the United States Supreme Court. Brown and Cherokee Nation used the Indian Child Welfare Act, but that argument was rejected in a five to four decision that was handed down last June.
However, Brown’s legal challenges are far from over. He still faces a criminal complaint of custodial interference in South Carolina, though authorities are no longer seeking his extradition from Oklahoma.
Dusten Brown mug shot when arrested last August.
Brown and the Cherokee Nation still have a civil case pending in Oklahoma where the adoptive couple’s attorneys are trying to get $1 million in fees and expenses incurred when Brown was exhausting all of his legal options to retain custody of Veronica.
Brown has stayed out of the public’s eye since a tearful press conference he held in October a couple weeks after he was forced to surrender Veronica to the adoptive South Carolina couple. At the press conference, Brown announced that he was out of legal options and therefore would drop further actions on his part to gain custody of Veronica.