DA Dean Flippo:  Dismiss all charges against Eva Ruiz Gomez!
  • Petitioned District Attorney Dean Flippo

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District Attorney, Monterey County, California
District Attorney Dean Flippo

DA Dean Flippo: Dismiss all charges against Eva Ruiz Gomez!

    1. Stephanie George
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie George

      Columbia, MD

January 2013


Stephanie George : In Judge Larry Hayes' courtroom the morning of Jan 25, Eva's case was dismissed and the charges dropped! After the dismissal, outside the courtroom, there was a media frenzy, with two newspaper reporters and photographers interviewing everyone, plus a TV reporters and cameraman. Blanca Zarazua was there from the Mexican Consulate and speaking to reporters. Eva was being interviewed, everyone was crying and hugging. What a day! My favorite quote so far: Judge Hayes told DDA Todd Hornik that his conclusion "was short on facts but long on conclusion." Everyone said Eva's lawyer Dominic did great, and Judge Hayes was quietly judicious, intelligent and interested in the facts, not the DDA's bluster. Exactly what we've needed all along! Enormous thanks to everyone who has given so much and worked to bring about this victory. It truly takes a village, but Eva is free!

Eva Ruiz Gomez was falsely arrested in September 28, 2010, for the felony kidnapping of her own son despite that in 2002 she was given full legal and physical custody  and permission by the Family Law Court in Monterey to move to Mexico with him.

On that day in September 2010 her son was forcibly taken from Carmel Middle School by his biological father and the Monterey County DA's investigator, using  a court order  issued at a hearing held without Eva's knowledge or particpation while she was living in Mexico. With the promise of telling Eva where her son was, the DA investigator lured Eva to a location behind the courthouse in Salinas where she was brutally arrested under false charges and taken to jail, leaving her husband Mailo holding their 11-month-old baby.

Two years and more than 60 courtroom hearings later, not one of the four district attorneys who have been involved in Eva's case has been able to articulate which of the three conflicting court orders Eva has violated or how.   Eva’s case is an egregious miscarriage of justice on the part of law enforcement and judiciary with her right to due process violated in too many ways to enumerate.

Since the day of Eva’s arrest, her family’s lives have been turned upside down in an irreversible way. Eva faces three years in state prison if found guilty. As you would expect, their family’s reserves (financially and emotionally) are depleted. Most people have no idea how expensive it is to defend oneself in a court of law, even if you are innocent. Eva has shown tremendous personal integrity and courage in refusing to “cop to a plea bargain,” despite enormous pressure from the authorities to do so.  She refuses to plead guilty when she is not.

Please visit the Friends of Eva website for more information: http://friendsofeva.org/

Recent signatures


    1. More signatures needed

      Stephanie George
      Petition Organizer

      Friends, we are so appreciative that you all have signed and commented on this petition so near and dear to our hearts. It seems, however, that the signing has slowed down when we indeed cannot just stop here; we must continue to grow our numbers. Every signature means that the D.A. gets another email notification; the notifications need to continue each and every day until this ridiculous case is dropped. Please share the link to this petition to everyone you know! You can copy and paste the link onto your facebook wall and/or email it to all of your friends and family. Let's keep the momentum going until that fabulous day when we can finally hit the victory button!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Good News: More Media Coverage. Not So Good: More Court Hearings Scheduled

      Stephanie George
      Petition Organizer

      As Eva's case continues in court, the good news is that more and more media sources are paying attention and community support and involvement is growing. Please check out our website (www.FriendsofEva.org) for the latest media coverage and updates. Thanks for caring about Eva, her family, and justice in general. And thanks for sharing this petition with your family and friends. We need: 1) the sunshine factor on this case and 2) the ripple effect with the petition. Thanks for doing your part!

    4. Eva Goes Back to Court Today

      Stephanie George
      Petition Organizer

      Eva goes back to court today. Please take time to send positive thoughts and prayers for Eva, her family, friends, and all involved in this case. Please let justice finally be served and the charges be dropped TODAY. WE SO WANT TO HIT THAT "DECLARE VICTORY" BUTTON!!!!! Restore justice and sanity to The Monterey County Justice System.

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cindy Dumas SAN DIEGO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      DA Flippo: Eva should NOT be prosecuted! You are abusing your power if you do so. You should be prosecuting REAL criminals like Eric Moelter for sexually abusing his son, Damon, who has reported the abuse is willing to testify against him. Protect and Serve like you are supposed to.

    • Zachary Berner MONTEREY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Important to stay positive and do the right thing

    • Danielle Burke SEQUIM, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I feel women are treated with injustice every where and this is another example.

    • Luana Conley MONTEREY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      D. Flipp must tend to the true criminals in Monterey County at the highest level of our corrupt government and stop harassing people like Eva Gomez. Get your priorities straight.

    • Mae Hemingway SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because small-town justice is often the least just.


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