Controversial Grazzini-Rucki E-Mail Raises Questions of Corruption, Prisoner Abuse

Left: Dakota Co Attorney James Backstrom, Judge Karen Asphaug, Judge David L. Knutson. Right: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki.

According to recent social media postings, an e-mail regarding the Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is stirring controversy among supporters of David Rucki  who claim the e-mail is “harassment” and it’s claims that Sandra was abused by her ex-husband are untrue.

The e-mail begins,Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, once a loving stay-at-home mother and former Mrs. Lakeville, is traveling somewhere along America’s highway tonight, shackled and chained in a prison transport van. 

This will be the second prison transport for Sandra – during the first trip she was beaten, sexually assaulted, and humiliated while driven across the country while handcuffed, chained and held in a dog cage...”

The e-mail blasts the treatment of Sandra while on prison transport back in 2015, and injuries sustained after allegedly being attacked while held prisoner in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility, as being abusive. And questions if Sandra will survive another round of “diesel therapy”.

The e-mail also gives a summary of the Grazzini-Rucki family court and criminal cases and says that Sandra was “harassed and further abused through the legal system.”

It offers articles about the Grazzini-Rucki case, including documentation of abuse. And encourages the public to show their support of Sandra and write complaints about how she was treated to public officials.

The e-mail has been reposted on a blog about Sandra’s case where it can be read in full: Will Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Survive?

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Does a P.I. Report Confirm Abuse in Grazzini-Rucki Case?

Michael Volpe released a report from an investigator working for Grazzini-Rucki co-defendants Doug and Gina Dahlen during their criminal case. Investigative Affidavit in the Rucki Case

 “Here is an affidavit submitted by a private investigator which confirmed that Samantha and Gianna Rucki were indeed abused by their father, David Rucki…”

The Dahlens allowed the Rucki sisters to live on their therapeutic horse ranch after they ran away when family court judge David L. Knutson placed them in the custody of a paternal aunt then planned to reunify, and give custody, to the abusive father they feared.

The girls remained with the Dahlens for nearly two years before being recovered in November 2015. The Dahlens say the girls stayed of their own free will choice and resisted opportunities to return to their father’s care.

Police records show that after being found living on the ranch both girls continued to state their father had abused them and they would run away again if returned to his care. According to the Lakeville Police Department report: “On 11/19/15, Detective Coughlin and I met with Dakota County Social Services and David Rucki. Arrangements were made for the girls to be placed into foster care, as they continued to express that they would run away again if they were brought home.

Father, David Rucki, denies any abuse occurred and sought reunification therapy for his daughters.

The Dahlens were criminally charged with felony deprivation of parental rights and avoided trial by agreeing to a guilty plea.

Doug and Gina Dahlen

Additional Information on Doug and Gina Dahlen:

Couple who cared for missing teens on their ranch for two years say that runaway sisters would be better off with them…

The Dahlens Plead Guilty – But Only After Attorney Argues Witness Tampering, 5th Amendment Violations (Michael Volpe, repost)

Two Minnesota sisters who were missing for two years could have left animal therapy ranch ‘at any time,’ the owners claim

Does a recently found police report exonerate Sandra Grazzini-Rucki?

 

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki on Transport?

According to records from Pinellas County Jail, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has been”released”  on 4/13/2018 and presumbaly is on transport to Minnesota…the first round of diesel therapy was brutal, what does the journey ahead hold for this battered mother??

Medical Exam Points to Minnesota Jail Corruption by Michael Volpe

Diesel Therapy: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s Torturous Journey on Prison Transport

UPDATE from Sharon Anderson, concerned citizen and blogger: “https://law.justia.com/…/court-of-appeals/2017/a16-1997.html

Affiant Sharon Anderson and Michael Volpe are duly concerned re Health,Safety,Welfare of  Sam Grazzini-Rucki who has been restrained of Life,Liberty Pursuit of Happiness.Cruel and Unusual PUNISHMENT, today Sun.15, Apr 2018.

Call to Dakota Sheriff Tim Leslie 651-438-4710 talked to Sgt Becker he said Sandra not in Custody did not know is Sandra was in Transport from Florida call Mon 4753. We must make these Judges Accountable4Bad Behavior, Warrants,Restraining Orders, PS Pic’s prove Sandra had a broken nose while in Custody in Minnesota..” Source – https://blogitbabe.blogspot.com/

Write Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, to Show Support of Sandra and Demand Justice:
Email: attorney@co.dakota.mn.us

Telephone:
651-438-4438
651-438-4499 (Fax)

Also Contact:

Monica Jenson, public affairs officer for the Dakota County Prosecutor – monica.jensen@co.dakota.mn.us

Marybeth Schubert, public affair officer for Dakota County – marybeth.schubert@co.dakota.mn.us

Beau Berentson, public affairs officer for the Minnesota Courts – beau.berentson@courts.state.mn.us

Attorney General for Minnesota – attorney.general@ag.state.mn.us

Other Ways You Can Help:

* Share links to websites, articles, radio show that discuss Sandra’s story and case on social media or in other groups/pages or with friends, family, networks.

* When sharing articles on Facebook about Sandra or commenting about the Grazzini-Rucki case, click “check in” and then type Dakota County Judicial Center

* Use the hashtag #grazzinirucki 

*Write the Minnesota Governor’s office to share your thoughts on the case, or demand Sandra be released with time servedhttps://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/

Medical Exam of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Points to Minnesota Jail Corruption

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki jailed for trying to protect her daughters from abuse endures further abuse, beatings, sexual assault and humiliation on prison transport, and in Minnesota’s jails.

Her bus made almost ten stops and on one stop she was chained to the wall in a cell for several days.

She was beaten and sexual assaulted on the transport and when she arrived back in Minnesota claimed a glitch was responsible for them claiming she was charged with child trafficking, kidnapping and gun running and reduced the charges to parental deprivation.

Grazzini-Rucki spent time in Ramsey and Dakota County Jail.

Asphaug gave her $500,000, claiming she was a flight risk, even though her warrant was clearly marked sealed.

In prison she received no care for any of her injuries and the prison even sent in a fellow prisoner to rough her up.

One of the nights she was being housed, Grazzini-Rucki said she received a new cell mate. Shortly after dinner, she said she became groggy and passed out.

The next thing she remembered she woke up in a pool of blood in her cell…”

Read the shocking new details exposed by journalist Michael Volpe: Medical Exam Points to Minnesota Jail Corruption

Epic Free Speech Case in MN: Commentary on Dede Evavold Case

Tim Kinley, host of TV show “Speechless Minnesota”, comments on the HRO filed against Dede Evavold  by David Rucki and resulting court order  to take down over 100 posts on her blog -a violation of freedom of the press and freedom of speech by Dakota County.

She’s (Dede) part of the press, she has a blog that writes about court issues and a whole lot of other issues but she also writes about her case and it’s her way of getting information out as to what took place in that courtroom and what the judge did and what was going on and educating people about the true nature of courts. Well, the judges don’t like that so they were in full compliance with a harassment restraining order put on her..

 

Grazzini-Rucki Case Spins Out of Control – Update from Michael Volpe

 

“The case against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has turned to chaos and most of the blame can be laid at the feet of Dakota County Judge Karen Asphaug…”

Updates from journalist Michael Volpe on Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal case and the recent hearings and arrest warrant issued against her.

Read Full Article Here: The Provocateur: “Grazzini-Rucki Case Spins Out of Control”

Judge Karen Asphaug

For Not Removing Blog Posts: Dede Evavold Held Without Bond

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Battle Over Free Speech Sends Blogger to Jail.. Dede Evavold dragged from her home in handcuffs, arrested and held without bail after a judge signs as a warrant for her arrest – her crime: posts about the Grazzini-Rucki case published on the “Red Herring Alert” blog were deemed to be “harassment”.

Evavold was previously ordered to remove the posts in question, which she did, and then was arrested after compliance with the court order.

It should be noted that the Grazzini-Rucki case has been publicly reported on for over 5 years, and gained national attention after being featured on ABC 20/20. The posts in question on “Red Herring Alert” included news about the case, and documents related to court involvement, allegations of abuse, and included statements/stories from people involved in the case. How this publicly available information constitutes “harassment” has not been explained.

The implications of Evavold’s case are far reaching… Dakota County is setting precedence to criminalize freedom of speech; meaning the court has established grounds to jail anyone for blogging, reposting articles or web links, and social media posts.

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

~ Frederick Douglass

Dede Evavold is in jail, held without bond: her crime, not removing blogs fast enough for a court.

This blatant violation of Evavold’s first amendment rights appears to be just fine with all involved: the sheriff, the judge and the media which have been covering the Rucki story.

The whole bizarre scenario started with David Rucki’s attorney, Lisa Elliott, filed an emergency motion on February 12, 2018.

“Ordering Respondent to immediately remove the entire post titled ‘Beaten Before Born: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Assaulted While Pregnant – Rucki Wanted to Kill Baby Because ‘Wasn’t Perfect.’, dated December 18, 2017, from the Red Herring Alert Blog and /or any subsequent revisions to the post along with any reposts and/or posts to Facebook and Twitter, which is a direct violation of Minnesota Statue § 609.748, Sub.1a;” The motion stated.
Remarkably, the original blog in question was re-printed from another blog; the story originated on Justice for Grazzini-Rucki children, where it remains today.

The motion was still quickly granted and Evavold was ordered to remove the blog post immediately.

The motion was granted even though Rucki has had glowing coverage from local media and national media like 20/20 and it’s not clear how a blog would “harass” him as he alleged.

An email to his attorney, Lisa Elliott, was left unreturned.

That order turned into an order to remove nearly ten blog posts and then dozens. When Evavold did not comply with the most recent order to remove dozens of blog posts, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The arrest warrant was initiated by Elliott who filed an affidavit in early March 2018: “Respondent has failed to comply with this Court’s March 1, 2018 Order. THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: That the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department shall issue an arrest warrant immediately for the detention of the Respondent, Deirdre Elise Evavold, as outlined in its March 1, 2018 Order.”

Her request was quickly granted by a retired judge from Ramsey County, Kathleen Gearin, and an arrest warrant was issued on March 14, 2018; but Evavold, while free, said she was out of the state on a preplanned trip at the time the warrant was issued.

According to her neighbor, Evavold was picked up by a Stearns County Sheriff- Evavold lives in Stearns County- on Sunday March 18, 2018.

The Stearns County Sheriff, Don Gudmundson, said any potential violations of the 1st amendment must be taken up with the judge: “Mrs. Evavold can take those issues up with the Judge.  My lawful duty is in Court File 19AV-CV-17-1950 and Write of Attachment 19AV-CV-17-1950-1 which states ‘Hold Without Bond.’”

According to Minnesota statute, her violation- contempt of court- is punishable by a maximum of $250 fine and six months in jail, but as Sheriff Gudmundson stated, she is still being held without bond per the order of the judge.

Judge Gearin is retired and could not be reached; staff at Ramsey County Court and Dakota County Court- from where the warrant was issued- did not respond to messages to explain what appears to be a blatant violation of Evavold’s 1st amendment rights.

Staff at Dakota County did say that retired judges are brought in when there is a shortage of judges, and this would be the reason Judge Gearin presided over parts of this case.

Evavold’s neighbor, Angela Young, said that Evavold was arrested even though she handed the sheriffs her own affidavit of compliance with the order.

A subsequent email to the public affairs department at the Minnesota Courts was also left unreturned.

Remarkably, Michael Brodkorb, who runs Missing in Minnesota, accompanied the sheriffs as they arrested Evavold.

Sheriff Gudmundson did not respond as to how Brodkorb would know to be there for the arrest; Brodkorb has blocked my email and did not respond.

When the Rucki girls were found in November 2015, Brodkorb also accompanied police on that trip, even though the police were supposed to be executing a sealed warrant.

Evavold was convicted along with Sandra Grazzini-Rucki of helping hide Grazzini-Rucki’s daughters when they ran away from home in April 2015, after a court forced them to live with their father, despite insisting to the court that he abused them and their siblings.