SC Denies Requests to Rehear Adoption Case

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court says it won't rehear a case involving a Charleston-area couple's attempts to adopt a girl of Cherokee heritage.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the requests from the 3-year-old's biological father and the Cherokee Nation.

With the backing of the U.S. Supreme Court, the South Carolina Supreme Court last week ordered a Family Court to finalize the adoption of 3-year-old Veronica by Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

The girl has been living in Oklahoma since 2011, when South Carolina justices said federal law favored her being raised by her biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation.

American Indian groups have said they would sue to protect Veronica's interests if the court denied the request. A spokeswoman for one of the groups did not immediately comment Wednesday.

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