Conflict & Justice

Judge Behind Ruling Linked to Russian Adoption Bill Speaks Out


Russian President Putin said on Thursday he saw no reason not to sign a bill into law that would ban Americans adopting Russian children (Photo: REUTERS/Natalia Kolesnikova)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signaled he is likely to approve the Yakovlev bill.

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That measure, which would ban adoption of Russian children by Americans, is named after a Russian toddler who died in the custody of his adoptive American father.

Judge Terrence Ney declared the father not guilty of manslaughter — a verdict that inflamed much of Russia's public.

Judge Ney speaks with Host Lisa Mullins about that case and the new bill.