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/