TULSA - A flurry of motions and a judicial order of recusal indicate that the bitter battle over the adoption of the child known as "baby Veronica" has made little progress toward a resolution.
Five entries into the Cherokee County District Court docket indicate a dispute over the appointment of attorney Angel Smith to represent Veronica.
It also appears that Smith moved to appoint a guardian ad litem for the child, and to stay visitations of the child by Matt and Melanie Capobianco, the adoptive parents.
A guardian ad litem is a temporary guardian appointed for a person incapable of representing their own interests during a legal action.
The Capobiancos filed objections to both of the motions filed Smith.
Meanwhile, Special Judge Holli Wells issued an order of recusal, removing herself from the case.
Because of gag orders issued in both Cherokee County District Court and by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Court, no details about the motions are publicly available.
The tribal court has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 4, and a rally is planned by the Cherokee Nation for Monday evening, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in support of Dusten Brown, the child's biological father.