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Elian Gonzalez Case: Father Files Motion Requesting Appeals Court Recognize Him as Only One Able to Speak For His Son

Aired April 26, 2000 - 5:00 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Judy Woodruff in Washington.

We have some breaking news with regard to the Elian Gonzalez custody case, and for that let's go to CNN's Kate Snow -- Kate.

KATE SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Judy, we're at the Wye River Plantation, actually across the river from it. That's where Elian Gonzalez and his father have been staying since yesterday. As they sit over there secluded behind the trees, the legal battle is intensifying this afternoon.

Just a short time ago, a new legal motion filed and what's different about this one is it's been filed by Juan Miguel Gonzalez himself rather than the Justice Department or the government. He speaking through his attorney filing an emergency motion requesting that the appeals court in Atlanta allow him to be the only person who is allowed to speak for 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez.

He says that they should not allow the great-uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez, any right to speak for the boy, he says that they are doing this because of attempts through the court by Lazaro Gonzalez to interfere in Juan Miguel Gonzalez's speaking and parental authority for that boy.

They say that no conditions should be placed on Juan Miguel, his taking care of the child; that there should not be a temporary guardian appointed. That was -- rather a permanent guardian. That was suggested by the relatives from Miami yesterday in a briefing that they filed. This, obviously a strong response to that. They say the sheer insanity of the family in Miami's feelings, the rage and the anger that they show means that they should not be allowed any access to this boy as well, no visitation rights for now -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: All right, CNN's Kate Snow reporting from the Wye River Plantation on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Thanks for that.

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