The Cravers aren’t talking about Russia’s attempt to extradite them for the murder of their Forever Son, Vanya Skorobogatov, but one of their lawyers is. The York Dispatch reports: I don’t think (Russia) can have any jurisdiction over them,” said Suzanne Smith, who represented Michael Craver. “I don’t think any court in the United States would honor (such) an extradition warrant.” U.S. citizens are protected from double jeopardy laws, and the Cravers were already legally tried here, Smith said. Also, the Russians don’t have jurisdiction in the case, despite the fact they appear to be arguing Nathaniel was a Russian citizen, she said. “(Russian officials) are just saying, ‘We’re not happy with the result. We want to do it our way,’” Smith said. “Well, you don’t get to do that. I don’t know anyone who would recognize Russians’ authority in this particular case. They don’t really have any.” District Attorney Tom Kearney, agrees, saying that any attempt to retry the Cravers would run into double jeopardy issues The question of whether one was properly tried … is in the eyes of the beholder,” he said. “We certainly believe they were. We devoted substantial resources into the prosecution, and the jury Continue Reading →
NOTE: Please go to Nykto Ne Zabyt for a dedicated page for all my entries on Russian adoption. This collection includes posts on all known Russian adoptees who have been killed by their US “forever families,” as well as the case of Masha Allen. Go to “labels” on that blog’s sidebar for individual cases. Russian language readers can translate the entire page with the Google Russian translator at the top of the page. Reverso translator is right below it for Russian and other languages. The acquittal of Miles Harrison does not reside in a vacuum. Since 1996, 14 other Russian children have died at the hands of their forever families. Except for Dmitry Yakolev/Chase Harrison, all were victims of physical abuse, starvation, and systematic torture by adults who were judged by the US adoption industry and the US and Russian governments to be fit to adopt someone elses children. The Polreis case attracted national attention, but most cases have rarely gotten more than a few lines. The Russian press has covered some, but not all of the cases, and covered the Harrison case extensively. Below is a summary of the legal outcomes of each case. These summaries are taken from Continue Reading →
From today’s Tooele Transcript, here’s an update on the recent conviction of Kimberly Emelyantsev for the murder of her adopted son Kolya Emelyantsev. I am adding new details of the case and some comments. Go to my other entries for a complete view. Sentencing clarification: K. Emelyantsev has been sentenced to 1-15 years less 214 days served while awaiting trial. The previous account reported “up to 15 years.” There is no estimate of how much time she is expected to serve. A couple months ago I felt Emelyantsev would pretty much walk away from this with probation, but I’m no longer convinced that she’ll be out soon. I’d look for 3-5 years. I think she wants punishment and wants to be in jail. Account of murder: K. Emelyantsev originally told police Kolya had fallen off a chair in the living room after she’d left to change the diaper of another child. During her plea hearing she told the court she dropped Kolya twice, once on a bag of diapers and once on a hard-surface floor. During her pre-sentence mental health evaluation she admitted she kicked Koyla twice, “sliding him across the floor.” Later in the day, “when frustration with the Continue Reading →
European Adoption Consultants is attempting some damage control on it’s website. Mouring Dmitry, they say they are “currently asssessing the situation and continuing to work with the Russian Federation on this matter.” No doubt!