Mercy to Madge

LOS ANGELES: Madonna has reportedly persuaded three Malawian Supreme Court of Appeal judges to approve her bid to adopt four-year-old orphan Mercy James. Madonna’s appeal to adopt another Malawian orphan has been successful. The 50-year-old singer — whose bid to give a home to four-year-old Mercy James was rejected in March — has reportedly persuaded three Supreme Court of Appeal judges to approve the adoption. Two judges have already submitted reports recommending Madonna to be granted custody of Mercy, and the third is said to be ‘in complete unison with them’. The ruling is set to be announced in court in the African nation’s capital Lilongwe on May 14. A Court of Appeal source told Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “The paperwork is being typed up now. All recommendations are in favour of the adoption-taking place. Mercy should start packing her bags. She’s off to America.” — Agencies