Earlier this week, we learned that Madonna was set to win ownership of 4-year-old Mercy James, an adorable Malawian orphan the pop singer decided she wanted a few years back and has been fighting to adopt for months. After a setback when a lower court rejected her adoption bid, Her Madgesty had her lawyers appeal the case. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Appeal in that country ruled that Mercy James should indeed go to live with Madonna. Chief Justice Lovemore (!!) Munlo said the appeals court had two options to weigh when thinking of this child's future:
He said the appeal court saw two options for Mercy "either to stay at the orphanage without the love of family and live with the possibility of destitution or be with Madonna where she is assured of love. Every child has the right to love."
Did you see what he did there? He set up an either/or equation where Mercy James could either be loveless and poor, or simply loved. Apparently the "riches beyond a Malawian orphan's wildest dreams" part just goes without saying.
Madonna wins right to adopt second Malawian child [Guardian UK]