By Mariela Rosario | 06/03/2009 - 09:30
David Goldman never thought that four years would pass without seeing his son. In 2004, his wife, Bruna Bianchi, left with their son, Sean, then 4, for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation back in her native Brazil—and never returned. To Goldman's surprise, Bianchi filed for divorce while abroad, telling the boy's father, according to Goldman, that if he ever wanted to see Sean again, he would have to assign sole custody of the boy to her. Bruna eventually remarried Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, a lawyer from a prominent Brazilian family.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/26/2009 - 10:00
President Barack Obama has chosen Puerto Rican Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his pick for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. The President is making his announcement this morning, but finalized his decision over the weekend while at Camp David and alerted White House officials.
Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic, and only the third woman, to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice if she is successfully confirmed.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 14:45
Two Latino teens, born in the United States and legal citizens were forcibly "deported" to Mexico against their will. Apparently, Mario, 17 and Ricardo, 16 (last names held because they were minors at the time of the proceedings) were both detained by agents while crossing the US/Mexico border who then proceeded to rip up the boys birth certificates.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2009 - 17:45
Attorney General Michael Mukasey delivered his farewell remarks recently to the employees of the Department of Justice and in a remarkably brazen move announced a decision sure to have a lasting impact on immigration policy for years to come. Effectively, Mukasey has declared that immigrants and asylum seekers do not have any rights under the Constitution to representation by a lawyer. The Board of Immigration Appeals and most federal courts have operated under the assumption that immigrants do indeed have these basic rights of due process for decades.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/10/2008 - 15:22
Nearly two years after it first demanded that Yale University return thousands of artifacts from Machu Picchu excavated by Hiram Bingham in 1911, the Justice Ministry of Peru has approved plans to press ahead with the government's charges against the Ivy-league school. Bingham's discovery helped to drum up international interest in Peru and incited a steady stream of tourism to the site that has yet to let up.
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