I wasn't able to post any updates yesterday because I was really busy, but basically here's what happened with the Goldman case:
The Supreme Court unanimously voted against the appeal, a mechanism used like a class action suit to protect against a fundamental Constitutional violation. The very minister who accepted the appeal voted against it. Now, the case will return to the proper forum, the Rio state appeals court, which is said to make a decision "in the next few days." If the appeal is granted, the case could potentially go back to the Supreme Court in a legitimate appeal, and if it is denied, Sean could be sent home soon.
At the hearing, both sides' lawyers were allowed to speak, as well as a member of the political party that brought the suit and the head of the AGU, the government body supporting Sean's return to the US. The family's side spouted crap and lies as usual, while both Zamariola and Toffoli were quite eloquent. I loved when Zamariola said: "This isn't about the time Sean lost with David. It's about all the time he's going to gain with him in the future." The Associated Press very erroneously reported that Tostes talked about Sean's declaration "Whatever, it's up to the judge" when referring to his desire to stay in Brazil. That was actually Zamariola, David's lawyer who mentioned that; Tostes has very clearly been sticking to his "Sean expressly says he wants to go home" story, which only makes Sean's parental alienation all the more clear (check out Jornal Nacional below for proof).
Each minister was allowed to speak and explain their vote, and the definite shining star was Minister Ellen Gracie, who is my new hero, especially since there aren't many women like her. I missed a few of the speeches, but as far as I could tell she was amongst the only, if not the only minister to go into depth about the Hague and the heart of Sean's case, rather than the legalese nitty gritty about the laws and the appeal itself.
Essentially, this little stunt bought the Lins e Silva more time, and now it's up to the appeals court to put their foot down and put an end to this circus which is damaging Brazil's image more and more each day. It's simple: a son should be with his father. It's mind boggling that it has proved so difficult to resolve. The fact that the case has dragged on this long is a complete disgrace to the Brazilian justice system and the Brazilian government, and as her Excellence Minister Gracie said, "is beyond what is reasonable."
Today Show (brief)
The Today Show is running a segment this morning about the case; I'll post it here after it airs.