Saturday, February 05, 2011

Emily Koyama - Mother Claims Domestic Violence

Emily Koyama was abducted to Costa Rica in February, almost two years ago. Emily only 2 years old today and was a very young baby when when her mother, Trina Atwell kidnapped her from Springfield Missouri.

Trina Atwell has made a string of allegations against the father, Roy Koyama.

The first allegation is Roy was physically and sexually abusive. Atwell is unclear in her allegations on whether Roy was abusive towards her or to Emily or both.

What is beyond dispute is Atwell has been making allegations and claiming to have evidence in the form of police records and such. Despite 2 years elapsing, Atwell has so far shown no inclination to disclose her evidence, either to the US or Costa Rican courts and certainly not to anyone else.

Needless to say, Atwell and her supporters are quite happy to continue making these allegations.

The second set of allegations claims Roy Koyama is a drug addict. Again, Trina Atwell claims to have evidence, but it is not forthcoming.

Trina Atwell's Character

Trina Atwell comes across as an articulate young woman. Her recent performance on a Youtube video makes it clear that she is well-presented and knows her lines very well.



The lack of any evidence against Roy - which she claims to have - is deeply disturbing.

Is Trina being untruthful?

I think so, and here are my reasons why.

Trina Atwell is a Recovering Alcoholic

Far from the image of being a paragon of American motherhood, Trina has her own demons. Atwell is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous in her efforts to handle her addiction to alcohol, in which she should be supported.

It is Atwell's issue with alcohol, fueled by her partying lifestyle which is well documented on her Facebook website, which caused issues in the Koyama household.

Trina is a Party Girl

Visiting Atwell's Facebook pages, they are replete with photos of bar and club scenes. Trina by any standards is a good looking woman, however where was Emily while Trina was partying the night away.

Young babies need mom and dad at home to look after them.....sober!

Trina Cheated on Her Husband, Henner Chavarria

Henner Chavarria married Trina Atwell, which is why Trina sometimes hyphenates her name to Atwell-Chavarria.

Atwell left the Henner Chavarria and took up with Roy - by whom she had Emily.

After leaving Roy amidst her theatrical claims of being abused, she took up with Chavarria (by now in Costa Rica) where she left off - the pair having never divorced.

Let's be clear - Trina marries, has a baby by another man and returns with baby to her husband.

Atwell is not a model wife either.

Atwell has Abandoned another Daughter

Emily is not Atwell's first child. Atwell has another daughter in California, whom she abandoned. In addition to eluding justice in the US with the kidnapping of Emily Koyama to Costa Rica, Atwell has abandoned her eldest daughter in America.

Roy Koyama on the other hand appears to be someone else than the pill popping, Trina bashing fiend he's been painted out to be. He is the father of two sons form a previous marriage, with whom he has extensive visitation - I know because I've seen them on Skype video. They are hardly the picture of threatened children and Roy is hardly the picture of an abusive man.



Roy has also followed the law - Trina has not and she has lost in both the United States and Costa Rica. To lose in two countries legal systems is a sign you need to wake up, but in Atwell's case and those supporting her, it simply means let's find something else to do to get around this.

Meanwhile, while Trina games the system, Emily is in a foster care system in Costa Rica instead of being home with her father in America (and Roy Koyama is the one with the custody order - not Trina Atwell).

Perhaps those claiming Trina Atwell is a wronged mother should take another look.

Meanwhile, the process in Costa Rica grinds on. While the courts have so far sided with Roy Koyama and ordered the return of the child, Atwell in tandem with several women's rights groups in Costa Rica and the US, has been mounting a rear guard campaign to keep Emily in Costa Rica.

A media campaign is being waged in Costa Rica by Atwell and her supporters to persuade public opinion to keep Emily in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has so far refused to return any child to the US under the Hague Convention and Emily Koyama would be the first.

I sincerely hope that the Costa Rican authorities, and most of all ordinary Costa Ricans understand that Emily is the victim here - a victim of abuse at the hands of an alcoholic mother, who cheated on her husband, who has abandoned another child and is a fugitive from justice.

Who you and I believe between Roy Koyama and Trina Atwell is not the point - Emily has been kidnapped to Costa Rica by Trina Atwell. Emily Koyama should be returned quickly to let the American courts decide what to do with an American child, who has no connection to Costa Rica, except to have been kidnapped there by a blue-eyed, 100% homegrown American gringa.

22 comments:

Liane said...

Mr. Hindle,

You'd better think twice about what you post on your blog. These statements you are posting about Ms. Atwell are pure libel. You could,and may well, be held legally accountable. You might want to get your facts straight and do more investigation before you make such statements; in writing and in public no less, taking them beyond slander and making them libel. Koyama is charming and convincing. Careful. You have been fooled and your actions here could get you into trouble. There are police records. Koyama admits to his drug addiction and violence in writing and with his signature; that document was presented by Koyama himself and Ms. Atwell IN FRONT OF A JUDGE. Its on record in Green County, Mo. Ms. Atwell is not the only woman, or man, who has ever placed a restraining order against Koyama for physical aggression and/or stalking. It's all public record. Have you checked his criminal record in the State of California? Ask his ex-wife Sonia about the time she called 911 and he yanked the phone cord out of the wall- resulting his his arrest and her flight from California to Missouri with their children. Atwell + Alcoholics Anonymous?? LOL. Uh.. no. However, Koyama + NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: YES! You should stop talking, Mr. Hindle. You are sticking your nose in where it doesn't belong and, more importantly, you have no idea what you are talking about, PUBLICLY and in writing.

Sincerly,

Someone who DOES know the facts and has seen the evidence. Someone who is not simply taking another's word for it.

Emily's Dad said...

Liane:
I always think more than twice about my posts - this is a serious subject after all.

I don't take kindly to threats or comments about "keeping my nose out" - I stand by my post and if Trina wants to sue me for libel she can do so.

I look forward to seeing her in an American court.

As regards your claims there is written evidence of violence and drug addiction - produce it.

You have had 2 years to do so - you haven't provided any evidence at all.

What evidence you did have was presented to a judge as you point out - he or she clearly did not buy what you were peddling then either.

You mention Koyama's ex-wife - with whom there are two sons - but despite a divorce, she didn't do what Trina has done and today, the four of them - Roy, his ex-wife and two children are making the best out of the situation. All Trina has done is make life worse for everyone - most of all for Emily.

You do realize Emily is at the center of all of this don't you?

You do realize the impact upon Emily when she grows up of all of this don't you?

I doubt it - but what the hell, Emily is just another kid thrown onto the trash heap of bogus allegations and international child kidnappers who scoff at the law.

I sincerely hope you do sue me - I sincerely want to see her butt in an American court on American soil and answering before an American judge for her appalling behavior.

Now bugger off back to the festering rock you crawled from under.

Liane said...

Oh, Carl-

It has been produced and it has been submitted- long, long ago. Roy knows.. he just didn't bother to let you in on that little fact. Why would he? You're his biggest crusader and his biggest fund raiser!

Off to my rock now...

Cheerfully,

Liane

Emily's Dad said...

submitted, long, long, long ago....and kicked out of court.

If you truly had all this evidence, Trina would not be hiding in Costa Rica living la vida loca.

I offered help to Trina, before Christmas, including with her outstanding warrant in MO - she payed her game and went back on her professed claim to being prepared to return home.

The Costa Rican courts haven't bought the BS you're peddling and have ordered Emily home - but it is only when it is being enforced that Trina claims to be a refugee. Disgusting.

And where has that put now put Emily? In foster care in a foreign country.

Trina is responsible for all of this mess...and you.

I find nothing cheerful about poor little Emily being so miserably treated and ending up in foster care protection you miserable, uncaring cretin.

Youarenuts said...

Trina in AA? Do we have record of that? I am a 32 year old I am a great mother and my husband a great father. We still have outings when the kids go to grandma's and we will hang out with friends and drink. I know a ton of people who do the same and they are wonderful parents even school counselors. Trina is responsible enough to make the right decisions in her parenting skills so you need to come up with something better than that my friend. You have been fooled and I feel very sorry for you.

lovellboys said...

As a mother I am disgusted by Ms. Atwell's actions. She wrote a letter to a reputable, public forum to gain sympathy for her cause. Yet now we see how her desperation has turned into acts of shear foolishness. The courts have ruled, yet she and her followers continue to insist that Roy is a horrible monster, and they have now turned their attention to another left-behind-parent in an attempt to divert attention away from the facts.

Trina is a US citizen. Emily is a US citizen. Roy is a US citizen. No abuse was proven, and the courts have ruled. Time to come home.

Emily's Dad said...

@youarenuts

Yes - I do have a record of it...plus a list of her fellow meeting attendees.

Though I note the fact that Trina has already abandoned a child in the US simply sails by you.

laurainatlanta4 said...

In most cases, children have a right to see both parents. In all cases, both cultures must be respected. Certainly, children must know their parents rather than face unfounded alienation.

Bonni said...

Abusive men don't have a certain look sir, this man not "looking" like an abusive drug addict means nothing. Anyone with a brain should know that. Also he SIGNED Emily's passport to let Trina take her to Costa Rica...if she was "kidnapping" the child why would he do that? And why has it taken 2 YEARS for him to all of a sudden want her back?
Trina is trying to protect her child, as any mother would! And taking every single avenue she can find to do so. If Roy cared so much about the child, he wouldn't have willingly let her go and be gone for 2 years. This poor little girl doesn't even know him! And yet out of his own selfishness he is trying to have her jerked away from everything she knows. It is DISPICABLE!!!

Bonni said...

Abusive men dont have a certain look sir, this man not "looking" like an abusive drug addict means nothing. Anyone with a brain should know that. Also he SIGNED Emily's passport to let Trina take her to Costa Rica...if she was "kidnapping" the child why would he do that? And why has it taken 2 YEARS for him to all of a sudden want her back?
Trina is trying to protect her child, as any mother would! And taking every single avenue she can find to do so. If Roy cared so much about the child, he wouldn't have willingly let her go and be gone for 2 years. This poor little girl doens't even know him! And yet out of his own selfishness he is trying to have her jerked away from everything she knows. It is DISPICABLE!!!

Emily's Dad said...

@Bonnio - and since when are men abusive just because a two-time loser such as Trina says so?

Trina has [presented evidence in both US and Costa Rican courts ....and LOST!

Madam, since when did we throw the rule of law out?

Oh, I see! Since the result was different from what you wanted and to hell with Emily.

Emily's Dad said...

On reflection and following Bonni's comment:

"Abusive men don't have a certain look sir, this man not "looking" like an abusive drug addict means nothing."

Trina has presented her evidence to both the US and Costa Rican courts - they don't buy it. Further Trina has been claiming there are criminal records showing Roy is a drug addict and violent etc - to date we haven't seen anything - neither you nor Trina are above the law, yet you act like it.

"Also he SIGNED Emily's passport to let Trina take her to Costa Rica...if she was "kidnapping" the child why would he do that? And why has it taken 2 YEARS for him to all of a sudden want her back?"

I have personally signed for passports for my own kids - it doesn't mean you give permission for your kids to be kidnapped or kept overseas permanently. More than this - Roy filed an application for the return of Emily promptly - he had to because that is an absolute requirement of the Hague Convention. This has dragged on for 2 years because of Trina and her gaming the system - nothing more.

"This poor little girl doens't even know him!"

Only because Trina kidnapped Emily and has done such an appalling job of parenting Emily - teaching a child of such tender years that someone else is her Daddy. That is emotional and psychological child abuse of the most heinous form.

"And yet out of his own selfishness he is trying to have her jerked away from everything she knows. It is DISPICABLE!!!"

Let me get your logic straight - Trina kidnaps Emily, claims all sorts of abuse that the courts of 2 countries have rejected, raises Emily as if she is Henner Chavarria's child (the husband she left and subsequently returned to after having Emily with Roy) and then proceeds to portray herself as an iconic mother...conveniently omitting the fact she has abandoned another, elder daughter already in the US.

Emily needs to be returned to the United States and Trina and Roy can thrash these issues out before the court with proper jurisdiction - and the issues as to who has been doing what (or not) can be properly dealt with in Emily's best interests.

"Anyone with a brain should know that"

But obviously Trina and Co do not agree.

Edwina said...

You really have no idea what you are talking about. And you make me sick at my stomach just reading your garbage! I have known Trina for 6 years, we have daughter's who are the same age, and yes I am talking about her oldest, of which she Did not abandon! Trina is Not an alcoholic, nor has she ever been! She is an intelligent, loving mother! She is doing everything in her power to keep her and her daughter (Emily) safe and together, which is the the way it should be. Emily should not be in foster care, she should be with her mother! And as for Roy, well the truth will all come out sooner or later, and won't you feel like an idiot for standing up for someone like him. And topping on the cake is that one day when Emily is old enough to know the facts, she will know how much her mother loves her, and whose fault it was that her and her mother were torn apart. There is No Love, like the love between a mother and her daughter!!!!!!

Emily's Dad said...

"You really have no idea what you are talking about. And you make me sick at my stomach just reading your garbage!"

Really? You disagree with the courts of 2 countries then? They don't know what they're talking about either I guess.

"I have known Trina for 6 years, we have daughter's who are the same age, and yes I am talking about her oldest, of which she Did not abandon!"

The eldest daughter is in the US - Trina does not have her, has not seen her for all those 2 years she has been misusing the generosity and legal process of Costa Rica, and she has by her own admission "fled" to Costa Rica from the US - how is that not abandonment?

"Trina is Not an alcoholic, nor has she ever been!"

And you know this how? Care to explain how you positively know this for a fact and yet you also positively know for a fact that Roy Koyama is a violent, pill-popping drug addict? Trina & Co have been throwing wild allegations around like confetti, but seem upset when the spotlight is turned upon Trina.

"She is an intelligent, loving mother!"

I agree she is highly intelligent - exceptionally artful and manipulative. If her God given talents had been used constructively instead of simply used to rip Emily out of her real Daddy's life with all these hysterical theatrics, we wouldn't be in this position today, and certainly Emily would not be in foster care in a foreign country.

"She is doing everything in her power to keep her and her daughter (Emily) safe and together, which is the the way it should be."

Since when is international child kidnapping "as it should be" - in your world I guess.

"Emily should not be in foster care, she should be with her mother!"

Emily should not be in foster care, but the courts say she should be with her father - you and Trina just believe you are above the law....which you are not.

"And as for Roy, well the truth will all come out sooner or later, and won't you feel like an idiot for standing up for someone like him."

My motivation in all of this is to secure and protect little Emily's rights - the MO court can sort the catfight out between Trina and Roy...not me and certainly not you.

"And topping on the cake is that one day when Emily is old enough to know the facts, she will know how much her mother loves her, and whose fault it was that her and her mother were torn apart. There is No Love, like the love between a mother and her daughter!!!!!!"

One day Emily will have to come to terms with being a victim of international child abduction - how many victims have you ever encountered? None I would imagine, but it may help your own understanding if you did - these children grow up to adulthood scarred with what has been done, though I doubt you would ever allow yourself to see through your own dogma that Trina is responsible in the slightest degree and is a paragon of wifely and motherly virtues. She is neither - just a woman in an almighty mess because she felt she could thwart the law and use Emily for her own ends with no consideration for the child's.

lovellboys said...

I am confused as to how it's Mr. Koyama's fault that Emily does not know him. Maybe it's because her mother has retained her in a foreign country and kept her from knowing anything about her father - ya think?

Ms. Atwell is trying anything and everything to convince people she was abused. She can provide no proof. She also asked those of us trying to help Mr. Koyama to listen to her side, and stated that she would return to the US - WILLINGLY. What does she do? She files for refugee status.

Please people - listen to what you are saying. I am also a mother, but having a womb does not give me more rights to my children. That is pure selfishness.

Bonni said...

If this man actually cared about his daughter, he wouldn't have let her stay gone 2 years....no matter what Trina did. I dont buy it. Hes trying to play off peoples pity who have been thru a trauma by making them think hes the same. Hes not. But I am not suprised, men who are abusers have to be suave and smooth talkers or they wouldn't be able to get a woman to put up with their crap for 2 seconds.
I feel truely sorry for anyone who has been manipulated by this man as you obviously have.

Emily's Dad said...

"If this man actually cared about his daughter, he wouldn't have let her stay gone 2 years....no matter what Trina did."

You have no conception of the difficulties faced by left-behind parents trying to recover their children kidnapped overseas - Sean Goldman abducted to Brazil took 5 years and only when Congress suspended a $7 billion trade deal was he returned. Around half of children abducted overseas are never recovered - my own daughter is one of them.

"I dont buy it."

I'm not selling.

"Hes trying to play off peoples pity who have been thru a trauma by making them think hes the same. Hes not."

He isn't and he is - the courts of two countries say so, but I keep forgetting myself, you guys don't worry about little things like court rulings or the rule of law.

"But I am not suprised, men who are abusers have to be suave and smooth talkers or they wouldn't be able to get a woman to put up with their crap for 2 seconds."

That may be true, but my wife thinks wouldn't agree with you. On the other hand, why would any woman put up with abuse in the first instance - if he hits you, get your butt out of there and never look back.

On that note: why didn't Trina simply go to a shelter with Emily and claim protection? There was simply no reason to abscond out of the country, and even if she did want to go overseas - she could have simply asked the judge and as mom, she would probably have gotten it.

"I feel truely sorry for anyone who has been manipulated by this man as you obviously have"

Spare me your false pity - the only pity and sorrow I feel is for Emily, because no matter what happens she is going to lose unless Trina receives an injection of sanity - if Trina "wins", Emily loses her daddy and Costa Rica its international reputation; if Roy "wins" Emily will end up without her mom for at least some time until the US arrest warrant can be unravelled.

In either event - the impact on Emily of what has happened will scar her for life and the trauma will continue for as long as this nonsense continues.

The sooner it ends the better Boni.

Bonni said...

How is a person to prove physical abuse in a court of law? Wait around until he beats her bad enough she has bruises and can take pictures? As you said, when he first hits you get the heck out! So the fact that she couldn't "prove" to a court he was abusive doesn't mean he wasn't. I do agree with you Emily is the one who loses here. I pray for that baby girl every day!
The main thing thru all of this that has proven to me (other than that I know Trina personally and believe she is an honest person who feared for her child and her own safety) that Roy doesn't have his daughters well being at the forefront of his actions is the fact that he tried to get a protective order against Trina while his daughter was still in Costa Rica. Had that gone thru that child would have been stuck in a foster home with NO ONE she knows coming to see her and comfort her. How can he, even if he wants his daughter back, try to take away from her her only comfort in all this? That to me showed that all he wants is to hurt Trina. Not what is best for his daughter.

Emily's Dad said...

"How is a person to prove physical abuse in a court of law? Wait around until he beats her bad enough she has bruises and can take pictures? As you said, when he first hits you get the heck out!"

1. there is NOTHING except Trina's word that this happened, and her story has changed over time. Sorry - but what you or I think does not amount to a hill 'o' beans on this.

2. it is SIMPLE to get a domestic violence protection order - they are practically handed out like candy - she chose to kidnap Emily to CR - and that IS child abuse. We have one person claiming abuse (dismissed by 2 courts in 2 countries) and who then DOES IN FACT abuse a child - take some time and look at the abducted children who are now grown up and see what they now have to say about the experience. Bonni - child abduction screws kids up beyond words - Trina never had to do this and it seems people do not want to face up to the sad reality of what it means. Emily suffers.

"So the fact that she couldn't "prove" to a court he was abusive doesn't mean he wasn't."

If there was physical abuse there would be physical evidence. There is a total absence of any evidence of abuse. Sorry Bonni - if it was emotional abuse we'd need a psychologist, but if a man hits a woman there there is physical evidence. No physical evidence - no witnesses means it did not happen no matter how much you want to believe it did happen.

"I do agree with you Emily is the one who loses here. I pray for that baby girl every day!"

Then Trina should come home - straighten this mess out, and Emily and her mom & dad should sort out how they will all play a role in Emily's childhood - not this excision of Emily's dad from her life and substituting Henner simply because he was around and theat relationship has rekindled - you only have to look at Emily to see who her Daddy is Bonni.

"The main thing thru all of this that has proven to me (other than that I know Trina personally and believe she is an honest person who feared for her child and her own safety) that Roy doesn't have his daughters well being at the forefront of his actions is the fact that he tried to get a protective order against Trina while his daughter was still in Costa Rica."

That is a complete lie you have been fed by Trina and Lynett - Roy made no such application.

"Had that gone thru that child would have been stuck in a foster home with NO ONE she knows coming to see her and comfort her. How can he, even if he wants his daughter back, try to take away from her her only comfort in all this? That to me showed that all he wants is to hurt Trina. Not what is best for his daughter."

As I said - there is no such application to stop Trina seeing Emily in foster care - there and then this proves you have been deceived by Trina and Lynette.

Truth hurts Bonni - but an open mind on this is the only way Emily will in truth be looked after properly - who do you care about the most - Trina or Emily?

Bonni said...

"No physical evidence - no witnesses means it did not happen no matter how much you want to believe it did happen."

This belief gets women and children killed.

I will end our little back and forth with this, Trina is a loving mother. I know in my heart she would not put her daughter and herself thru HELL just for the fun of it. So whatever you believe, Im not gonna change your mind, and you aren't gonna change mine. I will continue to support Trina in any way I can, and pray for Emily. You dont know and I dont know what really happened between Trina and Roy, only Trina and Roy really know. But if i were Trina, and a man had physically abused me in ANY way, and I felt I had to get my child away to keep her safe, I would do it in a heartbeat. Taking the child to another country is 100% a better idea than sticking around and giving him another opportunity to hurt me or my child.

And before you go telling people Trina is ABUSING her child by taking her away, maybe you need to remember you dont know everything. You dont know what went on any better than the next guy. All you know is hearsay.

crfreedom said...

Trina Atwell Chavarria, AKA child abductor as defined under international law, is applying for Costa Rican citizenship under a law that allows naturalization after two years of being married to a Costa Rican while living in Costa Rica. That will slam the door shut on any extradition of her or her then to be Costa Rican daughter (who will obtain citizenship along with her mother at the same time). She may be keeping this hush hush, only letting her closest friends in on it, but I happen to know that is her strategy.

However, the biological/custodian father still has some legal maneuvering room since it takes about one and a half more years after applying to actually affect the naturalizations. The father can present evidence before the TSE in Costa Rica (which oversees naturalizations) as to why Trina Atwell should not be naturalized. Her status as a child abductor and/or arrest warrant in the U.S. may come into play in that regard.

It is in the father’s best interest and that of the abducted child that Trina Atwell not become a naturalized citizen of Costa Rica.

patrickmccormick99 said...

If in fact Mr. Koyama was half as bad as Ms. Atwell claims there would have been ample evidence against the father for Ms. Atwell to stay in the United States and gain sole custody of her daughter Emily legally without resorting to kidnapping. But since she had absolutely zero evidence against him and having NO CASE, she took Emily without the father’s consent and without any authorization from any court. So she and Henner Chavarria, her husband at the time, then held Emily against the will of the court of Emily’s original and only jurisdiction and residence up to that point in time and against the Hague convention on International child kidnapping and human trafficking.


Ms. Atwell is obviously experienced with custody battles in MO from winning joint custody of her first child (prior to Emily), a child in which another poster said she also had with a third man while married to Mr. Chavarria. So she obviously knows her way around family law in the U.S. and Costa Rica. And we therefore have more corroborating proof that Ms. Atwell has the street smarts to get a lawyer and win her case legally in the U.S. if she had a winnable case. But all the evidence points in the other direction, exposing Ms. Atwell as a fabricator of a web of lies.

HERE IS ONE POSSIBLE AND MORE LIKELY REASON WHY MS. ATWELL WENT THE ILLEGAL ROUTE RATHER THAN STAY IN MO AND GAIN CUSTOY OF EMILY LEGALLY: Since her legal case in MO was non existent, her alternate strategy was to just take Emily while technically legal to do so. While it was still legal to slip out of the country with Emily she did so. Since developing connections in Costa Rica since her marriage in 2004 she obviously must have known that Costa Rica was a haven for fugitives and especially non custodial moms. She might have hoped that Mr. Koyama would just tire of all the international legal hoops he’d have to jump through to get Emily back. And the best part of her plan is that she could always truthfully claim as she so frequently does on so many of her posts that WHEN she ran to Costa Rica with Emily in February of 2009, she was not “YET” a child abductor technically. Yes we get that point because that was her devious plan. But Oh, Ms. Atwell, did become a child abductor in the due course of time when she and Mr. Chavarria and others as her accomplices held Emily against the will of the custodial parent. By all definitions Ms. Atwell is a child abductor. That inconvenient fact has been proven in the public record.

At that point in time when Ms. Atwell became a child abductor she should have returned to the United States. But her strategy was to double down, go for broke, slow walk the legal system in Costa Rica to her advantage as so many other fugitives have done for decades using the play book as explained above. I have no doubt she can and will drag it out for years to come filing appeal after appeal for refugee status. And we must assume she is already preparing for step two of the play book, her eventual application for citizenship through naturalization for her and Emily. At that point she can go back to Sala IV with her new habeas corpus claiming she has a naturalization application pending. Ms. Atwell is without a doubt a very skilled legal tactician following the play book religiously. I doubt she will deviate from it.

Of course the only reason she didn’t win her case outright in Costa Rica, with all of her legal skills and overwhelming legal help, and without having to resort to the refugee and citizenship tactic is because she has no moral or legal case under U.S. law, international law or even Costa Rican law!