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Native American adoption case vexes Supreme Court

Rights of girl, adoptive couple, father clash

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out a wrenching adoption case involving a Native American child, a biological father who first renounced any interest in her, and adoptive parents who were eventually ordered to hand her over to the father.

The justices heard an appeal Tuesday from the South Carolina couple who wanted to adopt the girl, named Veronica. The outcome of the case was unclear after arguments that included an unusually emotional appeal from the couple’s lawyer. Justice Anthony Kennedy said he wished he could call upon King Solomon to figure it out.

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