Malawi court refuses Madonna's new adoption
Just hours after Madonna had the gall to say she thought her adoption of 3-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James would be approved, a judge on Friday totally pwned that cougar, saying it would set a bad precedent to bend the rules of the adoption process. BAM!
Judge Esme Chombo sided with critics who have said exceptions should not be made for the star, who was skirting a requirement that prospective parents have to live in Malawi for a period of time prior to adoption. Madge was the only one to get that requirement waived when she took David Banda out of the country in 2006.
"It is necessary that we look beyond the petitioner ... and consider the consequences of opening the doors too wide," the judge said. "By removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts ... could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals."
Madonna can appeal Friday's decision to Malawi's Supreme Court. There was no immediate comment from Madonna or her spokeswoman in New York. Mercy, however, was heard to be lamenting that she would not be able to live in a fabulous mansion in the gold-paved streets of America with her new fairy godmother. Or not.
[Photo: Madge visits a redevelopment project Friday. Not her face. AP]