No Mercy For Madonna -- Adoption Request Rejected

Celebrity doesn't get you everything.

Madonna's request to adopt a second child from Malawi has been rejected, People.com is reporting.

It seems residency requirement is keeping Madge from taking home 3 1/2 year old Mercy James. Prospective adoptive parents are required to spend 18-24 months in Malawi before being able to go forward with an adoption. Obviously, Madonna has not spent that kind of time there.

So, how is it that she was able to adopt David Banda in 2008? Insiders say it was her celeb status that made some people bend the rules. But not this time.

The Material Girl was not present for the ruling, though her lawyer, Alan Chinula, told Reuters she planned to lodge an official appeal with the Supreme Court later today.

What's it like to grow up with Madonna as a mom? See our look at Lourdes' life.

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