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.

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Power Corrupts: Post on Carver County Corruption Blog Warns About Judicial Abuse of Authority

A post from the Carver County Corruption blog resurfaces, warning about the dangers of judges who abuse their authority; using the Grazzini-Rucki case as an example. The post results in a strong reaction from the public, who is appalled by the actions of Judge David L Knutson in this case.

Source: Carver County Corruption Blog

Date: May 20, 2013

Seventy-nine years ago, the world watched small groups seized power in Germany, Italy and Japan. Children were taken from their families and put into state-run schools. They were taught to be soldiers and murderers. Millions died. Billions of dollars of property was destroyed. Must we experience that again before we learn?

Power corrupts.

In Minnesota, judges can do anything they want to anyone without any consequence. We have allowed them to exercise unlimited power.

The Writers of Minnesota’s Constitution knew better. They authorized the legislature, Article VI, Section 9, to provide legislative oversight of the judiciary just as we have legislative oversight of the executive branch of Minnesota’s government through the Legislative Auditor. They knew that unlimited power leads to abuse. Judges should be accountable for their actions like other officials.

An Example

In August, 2012, David Rucki’s lawyer, Lisa Elliott, asked Dakota County Judge David Knutson to appoint Dr. Paul Reitman to be an expert witness. Dr. Reitman represents himself to be an expert on Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). This is the theory that if a child dislikes a parent, it is the other parent’s fault. PAS has been completely discredited by the scientific community.

By order issued in mid-August , 2012, Judge Knutson appointed Dr. Reitman as an expert and ordered Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, “mother”, and her children to meet with Dr. Reitman. Mother and her four youngest children met with Dr. Reitman on August 29, 2012 for about 30 minutes. Only one interview occurred. Dr. Reitman did not administer any tests or conduct any evaluations. He issued his report dated August 29, 2012. In his report, Dr. Reitman said that mother was suffering from a “personality disorder” and recommended that she be immediately removed from her children.

Guardian ad Litem Julie Friedrich

In an August 31, 2012 report, Dr. Reitman reviewed several reports of the guardian ad litem, Julie Friedrich, and stated that the children showed indications of PAS. He stated he would be willing to recommend professionals for reunification and reprogramming. Subsequently, he recommended Dr. James Gilbertson, as a therapist to “reprogram” the children and reunify them with their (abusive) father.

Dr. James Gilbertson, PhD

Judge Knutson scheduled an “emergency” telephone conference to occur on September 5, 2012. Four people participated in this conference: father’s lawyer, Lisa Elliott; mother’s then lawyer, Lisa Henry; the guardian ad litem, Julie Friedrich, and Judge Knutson. In the conference, Judge Knutson referred to Dr. Reitman’s report, which he received. No evidence was received in this conference. No testimony was taken. There was no cross-examination of anyone. Based on this telephone conference and Dr. Reitman’s report, Judge Knutson issued an order on September 7, 2012. He removed the children from their mother’s custody and put them in the temporary custody of two aunts – Tammy Love, father’s sister, and Nancy Olson, mother’s sister. He ordered no contact between the children and either of their parents. He ordered mother to vacate her home of 16 years leaving her literally homeless. Mother vacated her home the same day under threat of being jailed if she did not. She had time to take only one suitcase of clothes. She lost everything else – her home, all her furniture and possessions and any vehicle. She was immediately made destitute.

(Note: Allegations of sexual abuse involving the children were raised during the emergency conference. The sexual abuse was acknowledged by the court, and Judge Knutson, as indicated by court transcripts. By law, the purpose of the emergency conference should have been to protect the children from abuse or immediate harm. Instead the abuse was ignored, and the children’s only protector, their mother, Sandra, was forcibly, and unjustly removed from their lives).

Judge David L Knutson

Judge Knutson did not conduct any evidentiary hearing of any kind before depriving mother of the custody of her children and all of her property. He simply ordered it. In so doing, Judge Knutson violated Minnesota’s Constitution and laws, including § 518.175, which requires an evidentiary hearing and a finding that a parent is a physical or emotional danger to her children before denying parenting time with the parent and his or her children. Because it was a “temporary” order, it was not appealable.

Mother subsequently filed an application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus to regain custody of her children on the basis that they had been illegally and wrongfully taken from her. But Judge Knutson refused to hear this application or schedule a hearing on it. Mother appealed this refusal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. A judge of the Appeals Court, Jill Flaskamp Halsbrook, immediately dismissed mother’s appeal because, she said, Judge Knutson had not issued a decision and there was nothing to review.

Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks (Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch Bio)

Judge Flaskamp Halsbrook ignored a Supreme Court decision, State ex rel. Alexander v. Rigg, 247 Minn. 110, 76 N.W.2d 478 (1956), which clearly says that a refusal to make a decision gives an appeals court jurisdiction to consider an application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus.

Mother revised her appeal and asked for a Writ of Mandamus. But the appeals court then demanded another filing fee of $550, which mother does not have (the fist filing fee was a donation.). In February, 2013, a psychological evaluation of mother was made by Natalis, a highly reputable clinic affiliated with the University of Minnesota. They found mother to be normal with no indications of any psychological or emotional problems.

The judicial system is dysfunctional. And Minnesota’s legislature refuses to do anything about it even though Minnesota’s Constitution, Article VI, Section 9, gives it the authority to provide oversight of the judiciary.

The legislature and Minnesota society is allowing judicial abuse. This abuse is destroying families and severely damaging children and parents. It is ruining our society. Power corrupts as history has taught us numerous times.

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COMMENTS:

Truthseeker, 5/21/2013

See this article about how Judge Knutson “handles” a case of a hit and run (heroin addicted and evidently bragging about it!) driver (with no license) who killed a woman in this article, and then see the comments from one who was in the Dakota County jail for a misdemeanor the night this smiling killer was brought into the jail to be bookedhttp://applevalley-rosemount.patch.com/articles/rosemount-man-sentenced-to-60-days-in-hit-and-run-death-of-26-year-old-apple-valley-woman “the judge brings him in a backroom, just the two of them and promises him that if he doesn’t force them to go to another trial he (the judge) promises him a nice short sentence that somehow against state guidelines allows him work release (oh yeah, still has a drivers license also!) of 60 DAYS!. Something real funky going on, went on there”.

Just so I understand completely, a mother (with no criminal, mental health or addiction history……and certainly no history of HIT AND RUN/failing to report an accident that resulted in the death of another human being), based on a statement made by ONE “expert” requested by the wife’s husband’s attorney (????…….c’mon…….really?……in who’s mind does that seem fair or balanced?) is ordered by Judge Knutson WITHOUT AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING OF ANY KIND AND DUE PROCESS FOR MS. GRAZINNI-RUCKI, to vacate her home of 16 years, remove her from her children and all of her worldly belongings (oh, except for one suitcase)……..on the same day the order is issued, under the threat of being JAILED if she doesn’t comply?

Ms. Grazinni-Rucki has literally EVERYTHING taken away from her having committed NO CRIME, while Judge Knutson gives someone who never even turned himself in for KILLING a woman who was just walking across the street the “gift” of just agreeing to a plea of guilty to one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving a Death (a felony) and getting only 60 days in jail (with work release!) and 3 years of probation???

I suppose the killer who ran from the scene and failed to notify authorities gets to live in his home with his family (if he has one). I bet he got to keep his belongings, his home, and his children.

WHAT KIND OF “JUSTICE” is this? What kind of a person is this judge? What kind of system is this that arbitrarily removes the rights of parents to parent their children, to be forced out of their home, based on a “recommendation” by one individual that cannot be considered to be impartial when recommended by one of the parent’s attorneys.

Someone taking illegal drugs driving without a license kills an innocent woman, and he gets virtually no jail time. A mother who’s children prefer to be with her gets what is now well over a year sentence of isolation from her children and the loss of everything she owns including her home, her car, her personal items that would not fit in a suitcase, for……………WHAT?

I don’t know how these judges and those in the ever-increasing cottage industry of “Child Protection, Parent Consultants, Guardians ad Litem, attorneys”, etc. can possibly even look in the mirror. But they do………because they, in their misguided arrogance really believe that it doesn’t matter and that they will never be held accountable.

If they would ever legitimately answer the question “Why?”, I’m guessing their only real answer could possibly be “because I can”, and that is despicable.

We stand united in assuring that the stories are told (and can all be verified as easily as looking through public records, or better yet, attending some of these hearings). Isn’t it high time that these outrageous decisions are scrutinized by ALL parents, all community members, and especially our elected representatives?

I am so disgusted.

Kimberly, 5/21/2013

That is who is involved in these cases and those are the people allowed to go free and get “favors.” You will find in these cases that drugs dealers are involved, illegal money, child porn (which is why forced to see the abuser and house break ins) and the parents that have sociopathy and commit multi-million dollar frauds are the ones allowed to perpetrate with help from government individuals. All you have to do is watch any of these guys where these allegations exist (when they don’t know anyone is watching). It is open and shut. All of them are criminals and all of them are facilitated through the court and government.

Do not mistake….this is the Holocaust in America. A lot of people have fled because the signs are now recognizable. If you’ve read about the Holocaust, you know that those that saw and knew what was going on fled through the country warning the others along the way as they escaped. The ones that didn’t listen and stayed in their houses thinking “it just can’t be” ended up dead and tortured.

America will never be the same again because of this. The future has been changed for the worse and 20 years from now we will look back in disdain and write about what “used to be” in the history books.

Kimberly, 5/21/2013

WHAT IS INVOLVED:
1. Racketeering in porn (including child porn and trafficking) and illegal drugs (internationally)
2. Government agencies are contracting and researching physical and sexual abuse as well as hostile environments for humans, gathering intelligence and human survival of abuse
3. Government agencies have contracted through labs, companies and Universities around the world (DARPA put out an ad for University participation around the world through their affiliate and it was in the newspaper, although it was supposedly using computer simulation…but why would you need anyone else to participate in a computer simulation because you can make that as large as you want on the computer and do not have to share results…doesn’t make sense and mirrors current real people’s tortured lives)
4. freemason groups, criminal groups, and those with personality disorders freely participate in abuse and criminal behaviours daily and so are ideal for the above study participant perpetrator purposes, as are the unknowing and unwilling victims of their crimes
5. Scientific data is being assessed that reflects studies into the same types of abuse currently being inflicted on real people
6. This data is reflected in old copies of company prospectus, pay close attention to 2009 onwards in particular, and University studies
7. In combination with this, the federal government refuses to acknowledge the corruption exists, address it or investigate the criminals or the government corruption.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT. All anyone has to do is watch the people involved. It is apparent immediately. There is a reason why there have been attempts on my life and there is HUGE money involved in the lies being told to bleed investors of their money and continue this destruction of the U.S under false pretenses.

Bonnie, 5/21/2013

So many that cannot completely comprehend all this court corruption craziness, this would simplify for those who cannot follow the legal abuse. #1 Living situations with children prior to divorce #2 Court involvement #3 Court chaos #4 End results For many this is results, trauma to innocent parties, including children, children removed from home, often mother, (may include some fathers) after being caretaker of children prior to divorce with no prior allegations or findings receive limited or NO CONTACT with children #4 Financial ruin #5 Legal abuse and often over 3 years of fighting against corruption = MONEY, CONTROL, and a MALICIOUS INTENT TO RUIN!

For those interested, google “attorney tricks” many firms are gaining notarity with this, because all their cases include ex’s who have funding to feed this corruption. What oath do these people take again? I think they need to RE-VISIT WHAT THEY STAND UP FOR!!??

Kimberly, 5/21/2013

The US will not be the same after these last few years of extreme corruption and all of the children they have destroyed. They don’t’ have the resources or manpower to handle the future of America they have been creating with this destruction.

All you need to do is look at abuse stats to see where the US will be in the future. This is why people are fleeing.

Jen, 5/21/2013

Judge Knutson really does have a very weird sense of his own self worth. Example: Spending last Saturday afternoon hanging the American Flag outside his house (how patriotic) when there are two children right down the road living in hell enduring severe abuse inside a home that he court ordered them into. The two other children were able to escape and are now on the run to save their own lives.

Knutson wants people to believe that he’s some kind of respectable citizen by giving the impression in his neighborhood by displaying the American flag and knowing how he treats American citizens in his courtroom with “UN-AMERICAN” decisions. Just look at the Grazzini-Rucki case…unbelievable. Why is he still on the bench. I cannot wait for next election…he will have an eye opener.

Kimberly, 5/22/2013

Seems appropriate, as he is a perfect example of what America has become

Becky, 5/22/2013

We all are aware of the situations in Sandra’s case where Judge Knutson repeatedly brought her and her ex and his attorney into his chambers and coerced and threatened Sandra and the safety of her children if she did not do what he wanted her to do, over the past 2 years.

I’m glad to hear and report that all of what was needed to make this known about Knutson’s threats against Sandra is now in the proper hands. Knutson how are you going to get out of this one? You have always been well known for your judicial abuse with threats of jail, prison, or never having contact with loved ones again to her as well as others. I want to be there when you answer for this , and you will very soon. You are a pathetic excuse not only of a man,father, but of a judge to do what you have done to this woman and her children. You can only pray that Karma does not come back on you or your loved ones . You are no better than the abusers of these women and children,your even worse you have to hide behind your robe and you insecurities.

Kimberly, 5/27/2013

No one without some kind of mental illness makes decisions like these judges. We are seriously NOT dealing with normal MMPI profiles here.

 

Evavold Blogger’s Rights Case Shows How Far Dakota County Will Go to Trample on First Amendment #19AV-CR-17-16709

Source: First Amendment Court Case #19AV-CR-17-16709/

Posted January 10, 2018 on Red Herring Alert Blog by Dede Evavold

Contrary to the false tweets put out by Michael Brodkorb, I did have my pre-trial hearing for my false harassment restraining order (HRO) violation. This was not a hearing related to additional criminal charges and in fact, I still have not received documentation regarding these “new charges”. Brodkorb always seems to have the inside scoop as to what’s going down before I’m ever notified.  Hmmmm……

 

Michael Brodkorb: “At the hearing on December 13, 2017, Elliott said that Evavold’s post published the private address of the Rucki family on a platform with a “dangerous” audience. Evavold did not respond to Elliott’s claims in court, but Judge Kanning said he would grant the motion filed by Elliott.”

Senior Judge Philip T. Kanning (Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch)

Judge Asphaug presided over yesterday’s hearing and indicated that the motion hearing to vacate the harassment restraining order will take place prior to any further hearings. This is the same judge that signed the ex-parte harassment restraining order against me for my crime of referencing the petitioner    on this blog and presided over our “Parental Deprivation” cases.
Click to view: Supreme Court Petition
BTW, I’ve NEVER had an HRO against me, but petitioner has had several filed against him as well as an endless stream of police reports, CPS reports, letters, and orders for protection.
Below are examples of petitioner’s patterns of behavior that he is empowered to continue due to the cover-up by law enforcement, attorneys and judges.

 

 

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The above case was in front of  none other than Judge Karen Asphaug and prosecuted by Elliot Knetsch who is now prosecuting me.  A preliminary hearing was held on December 31, 2009 and as a result of the hearing, a trial was scheduled for February 8, 2010. On the eve of the trial, the defense filed a motion to dismiss for “lack of probable cause.” That motion was granted without a hearing by Judge Asphaug and the case was thrown out.

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My free speech hearing is scheduled for March 14th at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley.

 

 Dakota County Western Service Center
Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, MN.14955 Galaxie Ave. West
Apple Valley, MN 55124

 

 

Dakota County Corrupt Courthouse Event: Tour Infamous Court at Center of the Grazzini-Rucki Case

Dakota County Judicial Center, Hastings, Minnesota

..all this courtroom has done has cause misery and heartache…” except of a letter written by one of the Rucki children, April 2013

The public is invited to celebrate Constitution Day at the Dakota County “Open Courthouse” event on September 15… held at the epicenter of corruption in Minnesota: the Dakota County Judicial Center. The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2017 Dakota County Open Courthouse Event

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour, and experience firsthand, the infamous courthouse at the center of the Grazzini-Rucki custody trial, and criminal trial where unconstitutional abuses of power by the courts, judges, court officers and law enforcement occurred. Both cases also involve rampant violations of the constitutional rights of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, as well as the 3 co-defendants in the criminal trial.

The public is advised to enter the Dakota County Judicial Center at their own risk – law and justice mean nothing here!

Judge David L. Knutson will make a special appearance at the 12:30 Welcoming Ceremony, held at the Jury Assembly Room, Lower Level.

Wonder if Judge Knutson would be willing to answer questions such as:

**Why did you give custody of five children to a dangerous abuser?

**Why did you ignore the abuse allegations raised by the Rucki children?

**Do you think it is appropriate for a judge to ignore allegations of child sexual abuse?

**Do you think it is okay for a judge to call a child abuse victim a ‘liar’ when they disclose abuse?

**Why did you release David Rucki after several violations of a protective order?

**How is the public supposed to trust the courts when they see you break the law and go to such extreme lengths to give custody to a violent man and deprive a fit, loving mother of custody?

**How do you defend your violations of the Constitutional rights of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki?

**Why did you give such a light sentence to child rapist Dennis Roy?

**Do you support 1st Amendment rights? If so, why are you limiting the free speech of blogger Dede Evavold?

Chances are Judge Knutson, the coward he is, won’t be taking any questions from the public and will continue to hide behind the skirts of judicial immunity.

Judge David L Knutson

The court, judges, prosecutors, police and many layers of corruption within Dakota Count colluded to give sole custody to a dangerous abuser, David Rucki, and worked to cover up their crimes in doing so, to detriment of the five Rucki children. Mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who, fought to keep the children safe from harm is now being punished and criminalized while the real criminals go free.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was a loving, stay-at-home mother of five children, and former Mrs. Lakeville, who has been victimized, deprived of her rights and due process, and forcibly separated from her children due to injustice and corruption in the family court and criminal court of Dakota County. Sandra’s situation is so dire that she is now living in hiding – and her children have been given into the custody of a dangerous abuser with a long history of criminal acts and violence against his own family. druckipolicereports

Dr. James Gilbertson, PhD

 

Guardian ad Litem Julie Friedrich

 

Paul Reitman

The Rucki children have raised abuse allegations against their father only to be told by Judge David Knutson, Guardian ad Litems, Julie Friedrich and Laura Miles, and court-ordered therapists, Dr. Paul Reitman and Dr James Gilbertson, that they are liars and in need of de-programming. And this has occurred – the Rucki children were forced into “de-programming” using methods similar to what is done to a POW camp in order to get the children to recant abuse allegations, and then forced into complying with the courts demands even as it has proved detrimental to their safety and well-being.

If you heard a child come forward with an allegation of abuse like this, would you honestly walk away and do nothing?? That is exactly what Judge Knutson, and others, have done to the Rucki children.

In April 2013, one of the Rucki children wrote a letter to describe how she witnessed her father, David Rucki, abuse her mother, and stated that he was also violent and threatening to other children – to the extreme that her even friends feared visiting the Rucki home.

The letter (which was not allowed to be submitted as evidence in Sandra’s criminal trial) included this statement from her daughter,” I know the difference between a lie and the truth….

I stand here today to tell you the truth about my father. To begin with, he has not only told my family that he is homicidal, but sat us down at kitchen table and yelled at us saying that he was not only going to kill me but my brothers, sister and mom. Not even a week later I received a horrifying voicemail of 6 gunshots. He has also choked, slapped, and hit and verbally abused my mother repeatedly throughout their. marriage. He also has lost it on us kids more than a number of time physically and verbally. Also he has made sexual comments to me over the year about my boobs look bigger and so forth and over the year many of my friends could not hang out with me because of my father. The day my father officially moved out of the Ireland place home was not only a day of peace and happiness but safety in the household…Letters from Rucki Sisters April 2013

Sandra has continued to be the punching bag for her abusive ex-husband, David Rucki, even after she fled the marriage by agreeing to divorce in 2011. – Rucki conspired with “Korrupt Knutson” to batter, and destroy, Sandra by using the legal system in the same way that he once used his fist to beat her into submission.

As a result of family court proceedings, Sandra was court ordered by Judge Knutson into a “lifetime of servitude,” stripped of her children and custodial rights, her home, her employment, and her freedom— she is now homeless and destitute, hunted and harassed by ex-husband, David Rucki, who has promised to “see her dead.”

Tour stops in the Dakota County Judicial Center, important to the Grazzini-Rucki case, include: Self Guided Tours: Dakota County Open Courthouse

The public is invited take self-guided tours of the Dakota County Judicial Center, with stops including courtrooms and other areas of interest, and the chance to hear from a local district court judge or other justice system officials.

Jury Assembly Room/Jury room This room is the notorious site where jury tampering occurred in the Grazzini-Rucki criminal case (July 2016). Jury tampering is a factor that contributed to Sandra being found guilty, by tainting the jury with prejudicial information before the trial began.

During jury selection, nearly all of the 60 members of the jury pool admitted they had heard or read about the Grazzini-Rucki case; meaning the jury had been influenced even before the trial began. In criminal cases that receive a lot of publicity it is common to hold the trial in another jurisdiction – that didn’t happen here because Dakota County waged a vendetta against Sandra, and probably won’t give up punishing her until she is dead.

In another instance of jury tampering, an article from the Star Tribune regarding the Grazzini-Rucki case was found in the jury room. It should be noted that the article was written by a blogger who has a close relationship with David Rucki, and has expressed admiration of Judge David Knutson. The blogger was contracted at the Star Tribune to cover the Grazzini-Rucki case as part of an “experiment” that went massively awry when the paper was used to promote propaganda and false and misleading information about the Grazzini-Rucki case; articles specifically do not mention or include documentation of abuse or Rucki’s lengthy history of violence. So what the jurors saw was a news article written as a hit piece against Sandra, who was vilified, and unable to defend herself against the impressions formed in the jurors minds outside the courtroom.

In another instance of jury tampering, one juror admitted to being at a party with Rucki’s relative, and Judge Asphaug refused to have this person disqualified after they promised to remain neutral.

If that were not bad enough, two bloggers covering the trial approached the jurors and asked them to speak about the case. Due to the severity of the allegations, Judge Karen Asphaug stopped the trial in the middle of proceedings, left the bench and went into the jury room to assess the damage. Inappropriate contact with a juror is grounds for a mistrial; despite this, Judge Asphaug continued with trial, once again making excuses for a jury that could not possibly remain neutral after being pressured and influenced before trial began.

Book and ReleaseSandra Grazzini-Rucki was held in Book and Release several times during the course of her criminal trial. If walls could talk, the walls of the book and release room would drip with anguished tears.

Sandra found herself in the Book and Release room not as a criminal but as mother who fought to protect her children from abuse, risking her own life and freedom to do so.

In her former life, Sandra was a stay at home mom who lavished her time, energy and love on her five children. She worked as a flight attendant and had a spotless 30+ year history of impeccable service, and was loved by crew and guests alike. After surviving an abusive marriage that nearly cost her life,  Sandra looked forward a fresh start…hope for the future was short-lived because ex-husband, David Rucki, would escalate his attacks against her in a new arena: family court, where he is assisted by a powerful and korrupt judge, David L.  Knutson.

The result of 6 years of continued legal abuse, and humiliation in family court, is that Sandra is destitute and homeless. She has survived stalking and death threats from Rucki (and people on his behalf) but the nature of the court orders have left her barely surviving. By order of Judge Knutson, her home, all her belongings, and even pictures of her children have been taken. David Rucki has been awarded 100% of the marital property including 4 homes and all the contents within, 9 classic cards and has dumped huge amounts of personal debt onto Sandra. Rucki is also granted nearly $1,000 a month in child support, and motioning the court for Sandra to pay thousands of dollars for legal fees, even though Sandra has not worked for almost two years and is unable to meet her own basic needs. With 6 felonies on her record, it is doubtful that Sandra will be able to return to work as a flight attendant – or be hired anywhere else. The State of Minnesota once extended assistance to Sandra but since has terminated benefits. Now she has no means to pay for food or basic necessities that most take for granted. Rucki lives like a king, devising new ways to torment poor Sandra.

Sandra was forced to witness continued abuse inflicted on her children then was jailed for trying to protect them when they were forced to go on the run to protect their own lives. She was confined in the Book and Release Room, hands in cuffs, while the real criminals – David Rucki and Judge Knutson – go free.

Courtroom 1F: Mock Jury Selection Demonstrations – Courtroom 1F is where Judge David L. Knutson presided over the Grazzini-Rucki custody trial (September 11-12, 2013).

It is here that Sandra lost custody of her five, precious children and would forever be banned from having any contact with them. Dangerous abuser David Rucki is awarded sole custody, despite for being on probation for violating a protective order against Sandra. At the time of the custody order, two of the Rucki children are missing – they ran away in fear for their lives due to their father’s abuse and Judge Knutson’s failure to protect them.

Courtroom 1F is also where lawyer Michelle MacDonald was forced to represent Sandra Grazzini-Rucki while handcuffed and strapped to a wheelchair and without her files and notes, pen/paper, glasses, shoes, and even without her client – and without ever being charged or booked. (Sandra, and several court witnesses, left the courtroom that day after Judge Knutson told them that trial was over and that MacDonald was being arrested.) Judge Knutson took these outrageous actions as retaliation against MacDonald because she had filed a federal lawsuit against him, on behalf of Sandra, and asked that he recuse himself from the trial. Lawsuit: Female Attorney Strapped to Wheelchair in Court

Judge Knutson continues to retaliate against Michelle MacDonald and has actually filed a complaint against her law license, stating she failed to properly represent Sandra in the custody trial – after he alone made it impossible for Sandra to obtain a fair trial.

Judge Knutson avoids any responsibility for his unethical, and illegal actions, by hiding behind judicial immunity like a coward. Judge Knutson now sits on the Board on Judicial Standards, which oversees complaints against judges. Judge Knutson’s role on the Board has greatly contributed to the public trust in the judiciary eroding to an all time law… the people of Minnesota do not respect judges anymore – they fear them.

While the Dakota County Judicial Center celebrates Constitution Day, the public is unaware that they are celebrating at the very alter, the judge’s bench in courtroom 1F, where the gavel has slammed against the Constitution, shattering it rendering it void.. as if our very Constitution were made of glass, and could be easily discarded.

Judge Karen J Asphaug

Courtroom 1DScene of “Rigged Trial” – It is here the Grazzini-Rucki criminal trial was conducted under the jurisdiction of Judge Karen Asphaug (July 25-28, 2016).

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is found guilty on 6 counts of deprivation of parental rights after Judge Karen Asphaug disallowed the majority of evidence supporting the affirmative defense she raised.

Sandra raisde the affirmative defense in her criminal trial, meaning she admitted to assisting her daughters because feared for their safety. If the jury found enough evidence to support the affirmative defense, Sandra could be exonerated. Sandra’s defense depended on proving why she feared for the safety of her daughters. Judge Asphaug suppressed 75% of defense evidence during the criminal trial including: witness testimony, Rucki’s criminal history, CPS and social service records documenting the abuse of the Rucki children, evidence of stalking, protective orders Sandra took out against Rucki, and more..

Sandra is actively appealing the decision.

Holding CellThe Adult Holding Cell is where attorney Michelle MacDonald was detained, and she says “tortured” by order of Judge Knutson, during the Grazzini-Rucki custody trial (September 11-12, 2017). Judge Knutson ordered that MacDonald be detained because she took pictures in the courtroom when it was not in session. The popular story is that MacDonald got in trouble for taking pictures of Deputy Timothy Gonder. Just do a social media search and you will see that pictures are routinely taken in the Dakota County Judicial Center, and no one else is punished in the way MacDonald was. The truth is that the pictures were taken of the court docket to document irregularities in the scheduling of the case. MacDonald was documenting, in pictures, the illegal actions of Judge Knutson and, to him,  had to be stopped.

After the trial (which was not a trial in any sense of the word!), attorney Michelle MacDonald was not allowed to leave court but, instead, was unlawfully detained for through the night and into the next day. MacDonald was held for more than 24 hours without being booked, charged, or allowed bail, bond, or to make a phone call. She was never read her Miranda rights.

Interesting enough, Judge Michael Mayer, who presided over the juvenile trial of the runaway Rucki girls, made a personal appearance to the detention center to witness MacDonald’s humiliation, and tears. With a snide laugh he taunted her by saying, “Having a rough day?”

Also present was Deputy Timothy Gonder, the personal thug of Judge Knutson. Deputy Gonder manhandled Michelle MacDonald and meted out punishment by unofficial judicial order. Gonder would also make an appearance when Sandra was injured while being held in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility during criminal proceedings, and would be the subject of a PREA complaint after he took inappropriate pictures while she was handcuffed to a bed, and made special efforts to humiliate her.

MacDonald later filed a lawsuit, claiming the sheriff’s office engaged in seven of the internationally recognized forms of torture: sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, solitary confinement/isolation, temperature extremes, sensory bombardment and psychological techniques.

The lawsuit describes the cruelty inflicted on MacDonald – deputies turned the temperature of the room down to freezing and kept the bright lights on all night to keep her awake. MacDonald took the toilet paper and wrapped it around her head and body and feet to keep in an vain effort to keep warm. The guard came in and ripped it off her, saying she was not using it properly. Pictures were taken of MacDonald in her cell in an effort to humiliate her. Guards made comments about prisoner suicide as a way to intimidate her. All of this MacDonald suffered because she bravely defended Sandra, and her Constitutional rights, in Judge Knutson’s lawless court, room 1F.

Michelle MacDonald was eventually released, no charges were ever brought against her related to this incident. Judge Leslie Metzen ultimately determined that Michelle MacDonald’s civil rights had been violated by the illegal search and seizure of the camera.

 Courtroom 1B: Interactive Television (ITV) Demonstration and Judge Chamber 109

The Judge’s Chamber should be called the Torture Chamber for what was done to the Rucki children in the Dakota County Judicial Center.

In February 2013, the Rucki children were summoned to the chambers of Judge David Knutson. The Rucki children not only disclosed abuse to Judge Knutson but clearly stated their preference to live with mother, Sandra, where they felt safe and loved. Enraged, Judge Knutson ordered that the proceedings be sealed.

That same day, David Rucki had a pending case in criminal court for violating a no-contact order that prohibited him from contacting the children. Judge Knutson made special efforts to have all criminal charges against Rucki dismissed, which did happen.

Even after hearing serious allegations of abuse from the Rucki children, and with knowledge that Rucki violated a no-contact order, Judge Knutson ordered that very same day the children be forced to a visit their father. Dr. James Gilbertson, therapist, recommended the children be held in a room and an armed bailiff be used as a show of force in order to get the children to comply. Court records reveal the older children – specifically S.R. and G.R. were viewed as a problem. The “problem” being that they raised abuse allegations and were vocal in objecting to forced visits with Rucki (i.e they didn’t go along with “the programming”).

Another tactic used on the Rucki children, at the recommendation of Dr. Gilbertson, is that the older children were separated from the younger children. This was done so the younger children would have no protection and no advocate, and could be psychologically broken down more easily, and thus, easier to control.

At other times, court records reveal, the Rucki children were brought to the courthouse by order of Judge Knutson, where they were held for hours, in a room without food or drink, without toys, and without comfort of any kind. An armed bailiff was posted at the door to prevent escape. The records reveal the children were extremely anxious and upset to be brought to the court, which would be understandable considering what the children had to endure.

On one occasion, Dr. Gilbertson recommended the children be forced to sit in during proceedings and watch what happened as David Rucki raised false, and outrageous allegations against Sandra, who was then punished by Judge Knutson – who always ruled in Rucki’s favor. The children were sent a clear message that their mother, and protector, could no longer protect them.. that their father held all the power.

Other times, the Rucki children were detained in the courthouse and then forced, against their wishes, to visit with their father, Rucki. There are allegations that Rucki would intimidate the children during visits, give them the middle finger, that he was angry and made veiled threats. Even Dr. Gilbertson records in his notes that the children were visibly afraid of Rucki. Yet “reunification therapy” continued… it is no wonder that the children attempted to run away after their cries for help were ignored, and they were subject to further abuse.

In-Custody CourtroomMoney is the root of all evil.. the In-Custody Courtroom is where Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was brought for a bail hearing on November 6, 2015 and a $1 million dollar bail was issued for a defendant with no prior criminal history, and for a non-violent crime.. Sandra’s bail was much, much higher than most serious offenders.

Is at coincidence judge assigned to do bails that was none other than Judge Knutson?!? However, since Judge Knutson was busy with other tasks that day, the stand-in judge stepped in on his behalf and blindly ordered the astronomical amount of bail without a second thought.

The situation is even more unusual because Sandra was removed from the in-custody courtroom and taken, through a back hall, into a room hidden from public view, where bail was issued.

On February 24th, Sandra was released on her own recognizance. Outside of these trumped up charges, she remains law abiding and poses no threat to anyone.. other than the corruption in Dakota County that does not want to be exposed.

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Millionaire Rucki Seeks Court Filing Costs from Homeless, Destitute Ex-Wife

That David Rucki would file a motion to compel homeless, destitute ex-wife, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, to pay for his own court costs in legal proceedings that have destroyed her life.. is the same as charging for the nail he is driving into her coffin.

This is no different than what Saddam Hussein would do to his victims.. shoot them dead and then charge the family for the bullet.

Though the court has ruled Sandra Grazzini-Rucki too poor to pay for her own filings, her ex-husband’s attorney thinks she should pay for his.

The latest from journalist Michael Volpe…

 

Lisa Elliott, the long-time attorney for David Rucki, filed a notice for a taxation of costs- meaning she wants the other side to pay for the costs of filing- with the appeals court.

Attorney Lisa Elliot

In her response, Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney, Michelle MacDonald explained to the court that her client is a pauper.

Appellant, Sandra Sue Grazzini-Rucki, hereby objects to the taxation of costs and disbursements dated September 1, 2017,” MacDonald said in her response, “on the ground that: Appellant was granted informa pauperis status and is a pauper.”

By granting Grazzini-Rucki informa pauperis status the court has deemed Grazzini-Rucki too poor to afford to pay for her own filing fees and they are thereby waived; but that hasn’t stopped Elliott from demanding she pay for her client’s filing fees.

David Rucki

MacDonald, after receiving a $5,000 retainer in early 2013, has been working on Grazzini-Rucki’s custody case pro-bono; she was once forced to conduct part of a custody trial while handcuffed to a wheelchair.

The latest filing follows a similar filing by Elliott in late August asking the court which handled her client’s divorce to order Grazzini-Rucki to pay for all the filing fees- in excess of $3,000- she accrued in that court.

The series of events defy logic.

Late last month, the same appeals court upheld a previous ruling by Judge Maria Pastoor which ordered Grazzini-Rucki to pay her ex-husband nearly $1,000 in child support.

That appeal’s decision was authored by Judge Jill Flaskamps Halbrooks.

David Rucki is a multi-millionaire who received 100% of the marital estate- which included a business, four homes, and nine classic cars- by an order of Judge David Knutson despite the standard in all divorce that distributions of marital estates be “equitable”.

Realty Listing Photos Ireland Place

While the court on one hand has recognized Grazzini-Rucki’s pauper status, the same court has ordered her to pay child support to a multi-millionaire even though she is homeless, penniless and jobless, rendered that way by the same court which is now ordering her to pay child support.

Lisa Elliott has refused to respond to repeated emails for comment.

Beau Berentson, public affairs officer for the Minnesota Courts, also did not respond to an email for comment.

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Homeless, Destitute Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Ordered to Pay Nearly $1k Month to Millionaire Ex Husband

The latest coverage on the #grazzinirucki case from journalist Michael Volpe….

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki maybe homeless, jobless, and penniless but that doesn’t mean should not be paying child support to her multi-millionaire ex-husband.

The court acknowledged that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is currently earns no money but used the concept of imputed income to justify its ruling.

Imputed income allows judges to base child support based on an income level the judge deems is reasonable even if the party is not currently earning that living.

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That was the peculiar ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals authored by Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.

Judge Halbrooks upheld a decision by Judge Maria Pastoor of the Minnesota’s First Judicial District who ordered Grazzini-Rucki to pay her ex-husband, David Rucki, $975 per month in child support.

Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks

David Rucki is a multi-millionaire who received 100% of the marital estate along with sole custody of their five children in an even more bizarre ruling by Judge David Knutson.

Judge David L Knutson

Pastoor’s original ruling was even more bizarre because she made the ruling while Grazzini-Rucki was incarcerated for helping to hide her two oldest daughters after David Knutson forced them into the custody of her ex-husband’s sister, who the two girls insisted was abusive to them.

Grazzini-Rucki argues that the CSM erred by imputing potential income to her because the CSM (1) disregarded her actual income, (2) failed to make a proper statutory analysis, and (3) improperly adopted a level of income determined by the district court in a prior order. A CSM must calculate a parent’s income based on her potential income.” Judge Halbrooks stated in the order, justifying how a homeless woman can be forced to pay child support.

Judge Halbrooks continued: “Grazzini-Rucki asserts that she had no ability to pay child support because her employment with the airline was ‘in flux’ and that the CSM made ‘vague, generalized and conclusory findings’ that did not justify imputing income under Minn. Stat. § 518A.32, subd. 1.5 But these assertions misconstrue the record, particularly the evidence admitted during the September 2016 hearing. The CSM found that after Grazzini-Rucki was released from jail, she submitted a document in March 2016 that stated that she currently worked as a flight attendant Grazzini-Rucki testified, and the CSM acknowledged, that her status of employment was unknown at the time of the September 2016 hearing. But Grazzini-Rucki did not provide any evidence that her employment status had changed or that her employment had been terminated after March 2016.

While Grazzini-Rucki is technically still employed by American Airlines she is not allowed to earn any money unless and until her felony convictions are expunged.

The court acknowledged that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is currently earns no money but used the concept of imputed income to justify its ruling.

Imputed income allows judges to base child support based on an income level the judge deems is reasonable even if the party is not currently earning that living.

In this case, Judge Pastoor and Judge Halbrooks have concluded that, despite having six felonies on her record, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki should be able to find work which pays her in excess of $40,000 per year.

Sandra Grazzini and her ex-husband David Rucki owned a trucking company during their marriage which generated millions in income, but Judge David Knutson, who presided over much of their divorce, ordered David Rucki to get 100% of their marital estate while ordering Sandra Grazzini-Rucki to pay child support after he also ordered sole-custody to go to David Rucki.

Judge Knutson ordered David Rucki to receive sole custody despite overwhelming evidence he is violent:  a bar fighta road rage incidentincidents of stalkingmultiple violations of restraining orders and choking his wife.

A child protective services report stated that his son, Nico, claimed that David Rucki stuck a gun to his head when he was eight years old.

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To add insult to injury, Lisa Elliott, David Rucki’s attorney, filed a motion on August 15, 2017, asking for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki to pay for all the filing fees- $3563 in total- which Elliott accrued since entering the case in 2011.

Attorney Lisa Elliot. Source: redherringalert.wordpress.com

Elliott did not respond to an email for comment.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki reached what appeared to be an amicable divorce in May 2011, with David Rucki representing himself.

The judge who initially signed the divorce decree, Judge Tim Wermeger, even stated: “The parties were able to settle all issues arising out of the dissolution of the marriage including: child custody and support, spousal maintenance, disposition of real and personal property, and the payment of debts and attorney fees.”

Lisa Elliott joined the case a month after this divorce decree- which is supposed to end a divorce- was signed and the divorce has gone on in perpetuity since her arrival.

Judge David Knutson placed himself on the divorce shortly after Elliott’s arrival; Elliott and David Rucki claimed he was somehow defrauded in the initial eleven page divorce decree.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals would not make Judge Halbrooks available for an interview, saying she cannot discuss her cases.

Beau Berentson, public affairs officer for the Minnesota Court System, did not respond to an email for comment.

 

Red Herring Alert: Bloggers Have Same 1st Amendment Protections as Journalists

Thoughts from Red Herring Alert blog on the harassment order issued against Dede Evavold …

Bloggers Have Same First Amendment Protections as Traditional Journalists – HRO vs Evavold Should Be Dismissed

The Crystal Cox lawsuit is a landmark court case that defines, and upholds, the 1st Amendment protections of bloggers.. and is relevant when considering the recent HRO issued against Dede Evavold.

This ruling should be a clear reminder to misguided attorneys, corporations, developers or those with affluence to cease bullying or intimidating those who report the issues of the day.” ~ Choon James

Blogging is an exercise of protected speech and does NOT constitute ‘harassment’!

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