Jury Selection Proves Difficult in Rucki Case
Jul 21, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS, July 21, 2016 – The criminal trial of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki got off to an inauspicious start with a juror all but admitting that the jury pool was tainted.
Nearly all of the original 60 members of the jury pool said they had heard about the case, but one in particular said an article from that morning’s Minneapolis Star Tribune was sitting in the jury room.
Jurors are generally not supposed to be influenced by outside factors, including media accounts of the case, making the appearance of a newspaper article about the case in the jury room highly unusual.
The judge, Judge Karen Asphaugh, declined to do anything in response, and jury selection continued.
Another potential juror said he was recently at a party with a relative of David Rucki, Grazzini-Rucki’s ex-husband and the alleged victim in the case, but Judge Asphaugh declined to have him removed when the juror said he could remain neutral.