Justice for All?
Indira Lopez -Ruiz, a rape and molestation victim who's lost a child, was angry.
Standing outside the Miami courthouse Wednesday just as prosecutors prepared to announce their guilty verdict in the Jessica Lunsford/John Couey case, the beautiful young woman scowled. She carried a sign with a picture of a Precious Moments child figurine, which read: "Give Me Justice."
"I can't believe it takes the death of a little Caucasian girl to change the laws," she said, referring to local and California measures on sex offenders. "There's so much more.
Lopez Ruiz, age 22, tells a horrible story. As a child in Honduras, she was molested. Then four years ago, she signed up for the Air Force in Bradenton. A fellow soldier, she says, got her pregnant, then five months later drove her to a doctor and coerced her into getting an abortion. When she protested, she claims, the doctor gassed her as her former boyfriend held her down.
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In November 2005, she was two months pregnant when she was robbed and sexually attacked. She lost the baby.
Now a college student living in Sunny Isles Beach, she decided to stand outside the courthouse with a picture she had copied to make a point. "All kids deserve justice," she says. "Not just a few." --Chuck Strouse
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