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    Lightbulb Dru Sjodin ~ Kidnapped & Murdered ~ Jury Selection 3-6-06

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    Dru Sjodin
    Twenty-two-year-old University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin left her job at Victoria's Secret at the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks ND around 4pm on November 22 (complete timeline). According to her boyfriend, Chris Lang, she was speaking with him on her cell phone around 5pm, from the mall parking lot (after doing some shopping), when she said "Oh my god," followed by her phone going dead. He received another call from her phone a few hours later, but heard only static. She hasn't been seen since.
    On December 1, police arrested Alfonso Rodriguez Jr, a registered Level III sex offender from Minnesota, with abducting her. The evidence leading to the arrest, or at least the evidence released to the public, is outlined here. On May 12, 2004, a federal grand jury charged Rodriguez with kidnapping and murder, and in October U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley announced that the prosecution would seek the death penalty. Rodriguez's trial has been set for March 6, 2006. More......

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    Lawyer: Death penalty unconstitutional
    for client accused of killing{ctv}

    A Minnesota man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of North Dakota student shouldn't face the death penalty because the punishment is unconstitutional, a defense lawyer says.

    Richard Ney, an attorney for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., argues that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that changes criminal sentencing rules also should apply to capital punishment.

    Rodriguez, of Crookston, Minn., is accused in the death of Dru Sjodin, who disappeared from Grand Forks in November 2003. Sjodin's body was found near Crookston in April 2004. Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to a charge of kidnapping resulting in death. Federal prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

    In court documents filed in federal court here, Ney asks a federal judge to declare the death penalty unconstitutional.
    "We will resist that motion," U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley told The Forum newspaper. "There wasn't anything in there that I would categorize as unexpected."

    In January, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that an earlier decision that juries must consider all evidence affecting sentences also applied to federal sentencing guidelines.

    Before the high court's decision, federal judges were allowed to determine how certain factors could affect defendants' sentences.

    Ney, a Kansas attorney who specializes in federal death penalty cases, says the federal death penalty statute doesn't authorize the changes mandated by the Supreme Court.

    Rodriguez's trial is set to begin in March 2006.

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