Clinton intervening in U.S.-Brazil custody case

March 4, 2009 5:32:47 AM PST
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is pushing Brazil's government to return an 8-year-old boy to his father in New Jersey. Speaking to NBC's "Today" show from Jerusalem on Tuesday, Clinton said David Goldman has followed the rules "under every known law of international adoption" and should be granted custody.

Goldman's wife took the boy with her to Brazil in 2004 and never returned to the United States. She divorced him, remarried and died last year after giving birth.

Goldman met with his son last month for the first time since 2004.

Clinton's comments come two weeks before Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama in Washington.

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