In the latest development in a complex international custody dispute between an American father and Spanish mother, the mother was convicted by a jury last week on criminal charges of custodial interference under New Jersey law. Accounts of the trial are available here and here. The case involves a conflict in jurisdiction between the courts in Spain and New Jersey that has remained intractable despite international efforts to work out a resolution. The history of the custody and divorce case is detailed in Innes v. Carrascosa, 918 A.2d 686 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 2007). After she took the couple’s daughter to live with her parents in Spain in January 2005, Maria Carrascosa returned to New Jersey in 2006. She has been in jail in New Jersey since November 2006 on a contempt citation for refusing to return the child to the state. Her petition for habeas relief was rejected by the federal courts; see Carrascosa v. McGuire, 520 F.3d 249 (3d Cir. 2008).