After losing her bid to adopt the little Malawian girl named Chifundo Mercy James back in March, Madonna has reportedly gotten some good news on her appeal. According to a new report, three Malawian appellate judges have decided to rule in her favor and reverse the original denial for her to adopt the little girl. While we are hearing this news today, the official announcement that Madonna can move forward and adopt Mercy James should be announced on Sunday:
Madonna will be allowed to adopt Malawian toddler Mercy James, 4, after all. Three Malawian appeal court judges will reverse the original verdict, blocking the singer’s bid in March, her lawyer said. Alan Chinula passed on the news after persuading two of the three appeal judges to alter their decisions. Madonna’s adoption application was originally rejected because she had not lived in the east African state for 18 months, as required – a ruling which her lawyer argued was out of date. Madonna, 50, is now said to have the backing of two of the judges with the third set to agree. The official ruling will be announced next Sunday at Malawi’s Supreme Court of Appeal.
I suspected all along that Madonna would eventually win her appeal to adopt little Miss Mercy James. There has been much talk from supposed fathers of the little girl but none have been able to actually prove that they are of any relation to her. It was my contention that barring a DNA test that categorically proved paternity for the little girl, Madonna would eventually be allowed to adopt Mercy James. I mean … c’mon … did anyone really think that Madonna would not be allowed to get her way? At least we can be sure that Madonna will welcome this precious little girl into her life and will love her unconditionally. Congrats to the happy expanding family!
UPDATE: Madonna’s rep is clarifying that she has not received word that the Malawian Appeals Court has ruled in her favor, saying:
“Madonna has not been informed that a ruling has been made. We remain hopeful.”
It looks like the congrats are a bit premature … but, I too am hopeful.