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Sean Goldman on jet headed for the US

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Almost five years after Bruna Bianchi took her American-born son Sean Goldman on vacation from New Jersey to her native Brazil and never returned, Sean is back with his father. At about 10 a.m. today, they left the American consulate on President Wilson Avenue in downtown Rio de Janeiro, and sped away in police-escorted SUVs to the airport, where they boarded a private jet to the United States.

Sean Arrives At Consulate/Madness Ensues

It was a frenzied scene at the American Consulate in Rio de Janeiro minutes ago as Sean Goldman arrived with his family and lawyer. At about 8:00 a.m. local time (5 a.m. EST) U.S. embassy spokeswoman Orna Blum came out of the consulate and spoke in Portuguese to reporters. "I want to confirm that the family has complete access to the building," she said. "Here in the consulate we are facilitating access, discretion and calm for the family." It was vital, she said, for Sean to have privacy during these moments.

Brazilian Family's Lawyer Plans Media Circus; U.S. Pleads for Privacy

Sean Goldman's Brazilian family and their attorney will bring the boy to the American consulate in Rio de Janeiro Thursday morning shortly before 9 a.m. to hand him over to his father, David Goldman. Presumably, Goldman and his son will return to the United States later that day. But although American officials have urged the media and others to respect Sean's privacy during the transition, the Brazilian family has other plans, according to the attorney, Sergio Tostes.

Statement by U.S. Consulate in Rio

American consular officials issued a statement at 9:30 p.m. Rio de Janeiro time (6:30 p.m. EST), noting that all legal processes have been resolved, more to the point, "appealing to the public to respect the space and privacy of Sean and David during this sensitive time." The statement is more notable for what is missing: confirmation that the handoff will occur tomorrow morning at the consulate in Rio de Janeiro. And the underlying message: "Press, stop bugging us. It's late and we're tired and we're not telling you anything else."

Sean Goldman update: Ongoing talks; deadline 9 a.m.

Judge Paulo Espirito Santo of the Brazilian Federal Appeals Court has given the maternal family of Sean Goldman until 9 a.m. to turn him over to David Goldman at the American consulate in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian Family Believed to Be Cooperating, According to Congressman

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) said moments ago that the Goldman camp heard "through court channels" that Sean Goldman's Brazilian family is preparing to obey court orders and turn over the boy to David. Sergio Tostes, the lawyer for the Brazilian family, told CBS News that the return could come on Wednesday.      

The Goldman Saga: Now Just "A Simple Enforcement Case"?

Rio de Janeiro -- Now that Brazil's Supreme Federal Court has turned the case back to the federal appeals court in Rio, lawyers for David Goldman say that Goldman and his nine year-old son Sean could be on a flight to New York as early as this afternoon or tonight. "We are preparing everything before the court here in Rio in order for Sean to travel to the United States as soon as possible," said Ricardo Zamariola, in an interview over breakfast with GlobalPost.

Brazil's Chief Justice rules Sean Goldman should be returned to the US

This evening, the chief justice for the Federal Supreme Court overturned a stay ordered by a fellow justice last week that had kept nine-year-old Sean Goldman in the country instead of returning him to the United States with his father, David Goldman. Both Goldman and the Brazilian attorney general’s office had filed appeals to the first order.

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Brazil: More sympathy for David Goldman?

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The tide of public opinion may be shifting in Brazil, which remains as riveted as ever by the drawn-out custody battle over 9-year-old Sean Goldman, a Brazilian-American boy born in New Jersey. As reporters and others waited outside the Marriott Hotel across from Copacabana beach for Sean's father, David Goldman, to come out and discuss new developments in the case, a man named Nilton Silva came out of nowhere and introduced himself to U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who has been helping Goldman with his legal battle.
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