Fargo, N.D. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. has been found guilty of kidnapping resulting in the death of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin in federal court. Investigators said Sjodin, 22, had been stabbed and raped after she was abducted from the parking lot of a Grand Forks, N.D. shopping mall in November 2003.Since the defense team seemed more concerned with proving that Dru was no longer alive when she was taken from North Dakota to Minnesota (to help them in their fight against the death penalty) than in attempting to prove that he didn't kidnap her, this verdict is no surprise.
The jury will soon hear the death penalty portion of this case, probably beginning after the holiday weekend.
While cases like this are the minority of sexual assaults and shouldn't make us forget about non-stranger rapists and murderers, this woman and others like her should never be forgotten in an attempt to counter the monster myth.
All victims must matter to us. All perpetrators must be judged based on their crimes, not on their reputations -- good or bad.
If you only care about this case because you are for (or against) the death penalty, you need to reexamine your priorities. Issues and positions should never trump the human lives that are impacted by those issues and positions.
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