Court Denies Rehearing For Elian

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:08 PM EDT

( - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied the Miami relatives of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez another chance to argue that he should be kept in the United States.

The ruling by the 12-member panel in Atlanta gives those Miami relatives one last option: appealing the case to the United States Supreme Court.

The Circuit Court ruling also means that the injunction barring Elian's removal from the United States will remain in effect until next Wednesday at 4 p-m, Eastern Time. The Circuit Court also directed the Miami family to file any further injuction requests with the Supreme Court. This means Elian cannot go back to Cuba until after Wednesday. The child remains in the Washington area with his natural father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez.

A spokesman for the Miami relatives told Friday, the family hasn't decided yet what action to take after this latest setback.

Elian was removed from the relatives' "Little Havana" home on Easter weekend by federal agents in a predawn raid and was reunited with his natural father in Washington.

Lazaro Gonzalez, the boy's great-uncle and his family had cared for Elian in their home for about five months after he was rescued from the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast last Thanksgiving.

Elian's mother, his stepfather and 9 others had drowned during their attempt to reach America on a boat from Cuba.