Elian Redux

For those who like their family law disputes with a little Cuban flavor, there is this story from NPR:

A child custody trial begins Monday in Miami that threatens tobecome a repeat of the Elian Gonzalez case.

Afarmer from Cuba is trying to get his 5-year-old daughter returned tohim there. Her mother brought her to the U.S. but was declaredincompetent after trying to commit suicide. A Cuban-American fosterfamily in Miami, where the father is a well-known sports agent, wantscustody of the girl.

The judge hasremoved a gag order, but so far the case is not the talk of the city,in part because Cuban-Americans are still sheepish over how the Elianstory made them look to the rest of the nation.

Eduardo M. Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. The views expressed in the piece are his own, and should not be attributed to Cornell University or Cornell Law School.

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