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Jul 31, 2013 6:27 PM by Associated Press

Judge finalizes Cherokee girl's adoption in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The attorney for a South Carolina couple says a judge has finalized their adoption of a girl of Cherokee heritage from her biological father in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lawyer James Fletcher Thompson said Wednesday a plan was in place to transfer the child from her father's custody. Thompson did not share details, and the hearing was closed to the public.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco have been trying to adopt 3-year-old Veronica since her birth. They raised the girl for two years. But Veronica moved to Oklahoma in 2011 after a South Carolina court ruled that federal law favored her being raised by her father, a member of the Cherokee nation.

But the fight may not be over. Several American Indian groups have filed federal lawsuits.

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