International child-custody case settled
A boy, 12, will live in the
with his mother. His father can visit but can't take the boy to visit U.S. against his will Colombia
A custody tug-of-war spanning two continents was settled Monday in
Alejandro Ramirez Polania, a 12-year-old in
His father, who lives in
The case resulted in at least one complaint to the Judicial Standards Commission about Judge Craig Brown, who since has stepped down from the bench.
Alejandro's mother, Claudia Krehbiel, also filed a federal lawsuit against the state attorney general because of her dissatisfaction with Brown's finding in August that
During a four-day hearing in July and August, experts debated the safety of
Judge removes self
After the complaint to the judicial standards commission, a grievance that was never publicly investigated, Brown removed himself from the case.
When Brown stepped down from the bench in May, he did not reveal his reasons for the sudden departure.
As the family waited for a hearing in front of a different judge, mother, son and stepfather tried to enlist a global audience in their battle.
The Web site savealejandro.com shows a picture of Alejandro, his arms crossed, standing by an American flag. "My life, my story. ... please help keep me safe!" the banner reads.
Alejandro moved to the
The judge ordered regular communication via e-mail and other computer technologies. He ordered the family to take down the Web site and said the visitation issue could be revisited only through a court order.
The News & Observer, Jun 24, 2008,, Staff Writer