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In a statement from Rutherford and Murphy obtained by E! News Wednesday, they charged that Gesmer "violated" her children's rights as American citizens. "Judge Ellen Gesmer effectively arrested my children, claiming she had authority under habeas corpus to take them into custody because of a foreign country's court order. But the law is clear that a New York judge cannot enforce any order from a foreign country unless and until the foreign order is 'registered' in the United States," the statement reads.
"Not only was there no Monaco court order registered in New York, no government official from Monaco asked the New York judge to register an order, or take any action against me or my children."