Lawmaker wants sanctions in custody case
NEWARK, N.J. -- A U.S. congressman is pushing to suspend certain trade preferences with Brazil until a boy who's the center of a custody dispute there is returned to his father in New Jersey.
New Jersey Republican Chris Smith introduced a bill Thursday that would temporarily remove Brazil from a duty-free trade program. He says Brazil received benefits on $2.75 billion worth of trade last year.
Smith is a champion for David Goldman, whose wife took their son to Brazil in 2004. She died last year and the boy has been living with his Brazilian stepfather.
A federal court in Brazil ruled that Goldman should get custody. But the country's supreme court is planning to review the case next week.
In a telephone interview Thursday from Rio de Janeiro, Goldman calls the situation "an absolute tragedy."
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