ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

partly-cloudy-tstorms-day Created with Sketch.
53°
Overcast
H 73° L 52°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day Created with Sketch.
    53°
    Current Conditions
    Cloudy. H 73° L 52°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    59°
    Afternoon
    Cloudy. H 73° L 52°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    59°
    Evening
    Mostly Cloudy. H 62° L 43°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Local
Capobiancos suing Dusten Brown for more than $1 million in legal fees in Baby Veronica case
Close

Capobiancos suing Dusten Brown for more than $1 million in legal fees in Baby Veronica case

Capobiancos suing Dusten Brown for more than $1 million in legal fees in Baby Veronica case
Photo Credit: Russell Mills
Veronica, Dusten Brown, and the Capobiancos

Capobiancos suing Dusten Brown for more than $1 million in legal fees in Baby Veronica case

They have his biological daughter. Now Dusten Brown is being sued by the Capobianco's for more than $1 million in legal fees and other expenses in the Baby Veronica case.

The lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma, is in addition to court action in South Carolina already underway to recover possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars from Brown.

Court documents KRMG was able to obtain show the Capobiancos believe they are entitled to the money since they won.

The Capobiancos used four different law firms who racked up more than 2,100 hours working on the case. That totals $1,028,796.50 plus $6,535.27 in other fees.

The little girl, known as Baby Veronica, was handed over to her adoptive parents, the Capobiancos, in late September. Dusten Brown announced a few weeks later that he will stop the legal battle to regain custody of his biological daughter.

Brown and his daughter are part Cherokee, and the Cherokee Nation weighed in many times on the legal battle between Brown and he Capobiancos.

Lori Alvino McGill, one of the attorneys for the Capobiancos points out that Brown and the Cherokee Nation could have avoided any legal bills from the Capobiancos if they had followed the South Carolina court's orders from the begining. McGill says, " If Brown and CNO had followed the law on August 5 -- as every court (including the Oklahoma courts) has ruled he should have done -- our enforcement fees/expenses would have been exactly $0."

McGill tells KRMG that Brown and the Cherokee Nation knowingly exposed themselves to liability. McGill says, "The choice was theirs, not ours.  I assure you this family and the legal team would have preferred to collect $0 if they could have avoided the 7 painful weeks in Oklahoma and instead had the peaceful transition that was ordered by the courts to begin on August 5. "

The legal team for the Capobiancos worked "pro bono" meaning they did not charge for their services. McGill says that, under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, attorneys are entitled to recoup their fees and expenses associated with successfully enforcing a custody order.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • Unable to convince GOP lawmakers to get on board with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans in the House decided not to even force a vote on the measure, a major setback for both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “This bill is dead,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who played a central role in cobbling together this plan. 'This bill is dead,' House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Walden says — Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) March 24, 2017 The bill never even came to a vote, as it became obvious that Republicans had nowhere near a majority of lawmakers ready to vote for it. Democrats were more than happy to pile on the GOP legislative debacle. #ObamaCare 1 – #Trumpcare 0. — Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) March 24, 2017
  • In the end, monolithic opposition by Democrats coupled with opposition from the far right doomed Friday’s vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP bill that would have repealed and replaced the law commonly known as “Obamacare.” GOP leadership decided to pull the bill, realizing that it could not pass. The Trump administration made it clear early Friday that negotiations were over, and the president wanted an up or down vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan went to the White House to report he didn’t have the votes to pass the bill; President Trump had previously said win or lose, Rep. Ryan should keep his position as Speaker. The GOP plan (AHCA) would have ended the mandate that all Americans pay for health insurance, replacing it with a plan where the federal government would give Americans tax credits, based on age. That would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, but would have left  24 million additional Americans without health coverage within the next decade. Many governors, including some Republicans, also had serious concerns about the additional burdens passed on to states under the AHCA.
  • The Pawhuska woman recently accused of exposing herself to a classroom of students was arrested this week on accusations of stealing a purse.  According to the arrest report, Lacey Sponsler allegedly stole a purse while at the Broken Arrow Lanes bowling alley near 111th and Elm last Thursday.   The report states that witnesses saw her acting suspiciously and looking at people’s belongings. One witness saw her grab a purse and asked if it was hers. She said it was not.   A witness then reportedly saw Sponsler walk into the game room and return wearing different clothes. Police were called and found her in the bathroom.   Sponsler was arrested in February for doing a cartwheel in front of students at a Pawhuska school. She was not wearing anything under her dress and exposed herself to the students.
  • Authorities in Ohio arrested three people after they discovered the badly decomposed body of a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran in a home, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Deputies with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Bob Harris, 71, after learning that his Social Security debit card was being used despite the fact that he hadn’t been seen for months, WJW reported. The body had decomposed to the point where the remains were mostly skeletal, lying in the living room of a home in Wainwright. The body was kept a short distance from where the home’s residents slept, according to WJW. “It’s a horribly graphic case,” Sheriff Orvis Campbell told TimesReporter.com. He said Harris’ body was found in some “of the most deplorable conditions we can describe.” Trash and animal waste was found near the body. Harris was living with a married couple and their daughter, according to TimesReporter.com. The family had spread stories about Harris moving to Stark County and allowing them to use his Social Security benefits, Campbell said. Authorities arrested Brian and Stacy Sorohan on charges of abuse of a corpse and theft of a credit card, according to The Associated Press. The couple’s 18-year-old daughter was charged with abuse of a corpse. Deputies said the circumstances surrounding Harris’ death were not immediately clear. An autopsy will be performed to determine whether his death involved foul play, according to TimesReporter.com.
  • Tulsa police Thursday released video of an incident in which an officer used his patrol car to end a gunfight. Madison Dickson was the suspect in a string of violent crimes that spanned nearly a week when she was spotted in a vehicle near 91st and Harvard last Saturday. She tried to run, and gunfire is heard on the video, which officers say was directed toward them. The officer swerves left as she points the gun at him, then veers right and runs her over as she attempts to flee. Additional videos released to media by TPD indicate an officer also used a Taser on Dickson after she was down, because she still had the gun and wasn’t responding to commands. “She might not be able to, hang on,” one officer says as others are yelling at her to show her hands. EMSA arrived on the scene a few minutes later, but Dickson died from her injuries.