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Millionaire Seeks Court Filing Fees from Homeless, Destitute Ex-Wife

The latest on the #grazzinirucki case from Michael Volpe and PPJ Gazette…

 

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 Eliott

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”.

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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Beau Berentson, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Minnesota Judicial Branch, receives his salary from the tax payers of Minnesota… and it is his job to answer your questions or comments, including those about the Grazzini-Rucki case.

Contact: Beau Berentson
Court Information Office
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
(651) 296-6043 (phone)
(651) 297-5636 (fax)

Send e-mail via contact form at: Minnesota Court Information Office

Or: beau.berentson@courts.state.mn.us

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FOIA request in No. Carolina custody battle draws national interest (Repost)

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READ HERE: FOIA request in No. Carolina custody battle draws national interest by Michael Volpe, CDN

(Union County, North Carolina: August 8, 2017)

The Union County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) has something to hide regarding their arrest of Kristy Newberry-Brooks, and maybe others.

That was the unmistakable subtext of a new lawsuit filed by WBTV against the UCSO and its Sheriff, Eddie Cathey…the station is seeking all records related to their arrest of Brooks in early 2016.

Brooks went into hiding for more than a year right before that county’s family court ruled to give her ex-boyfriend sole custody of their daughter despite her bringing forward evidence he molested her and others. An arrest warrant was issued shortly after Brooks did an interview with Nick Oschner, conducted while she was still on the run.

Brooks was initially charged with child abduction; She turned herself in shortly after the US Marshals became involved in the case.

But those charges went away shortly after her return and she now faces the far less serious charge of contempt of court; her ex-boyfriend has received sole custody of their daughter, however.

The US Marshals involvement was even more troubling since US Marshal Sean Newlin was involved not only in the Brooks case but in Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s case, where the US Marshals claimed jurisdiction because the office suggested Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was a fugitive.

But when it was revealed that the warrant for Grazzini-Rucki’s arrest was sealed making it impossible for her to be a fugitive, the US Marshals did not provide any more clarification.

Dave Oney, public affairs officer for the US Marshals, did not respond to an email for this story…

(Repost)Unconstitutional Courts Destroying Families for $$ – Hidden Truth Radio and John Hentges

Source: Unconstitutional Courts Destroying Families for $$ – Hidden Truth Radio and John Hentges

Unconstitutional Courts Destroying Families for $$ – Hidden Truth Radio and John Hentges

“The whole thing is about control.. if they (the court system) encounters a non-custodial parent like myself in pursuit of justice, they will do anything to keep truth off the records…”    ~ John Hentges

Public Domain: https://www.goodfon.com

(Originally aired 7/13/2017): Katherine Hine, host of “Hidden Truth Revealed” and guest John Hentges discuss the lawless family court system where corruption, fraud and abuses of judicial power are commonplace.

CLICK on this link to listen: UN-CONSTITUTIONAL “COURTS” DESTROYING FAMILIES FOR $$$

Hentges, a victim of family court in both Colorado and Minnesota, shares his story of how the “judges threw the law book out the door” during his divorce, and describes the devastating impact the injustice in the family court has inflicted on his life. Hentges says his divorce case was “fixed” and resulted in him becoming estranged from his 5 children, becoming impoverished (child support was imputed at more than 4x times higher than his actual earnings) and stripped of everything he owns – his home, business, personal vehicles, and even his premarital belongings and inheritance. Hentges was also arrested on false charges, and jailed, on 3 separate occasions.

Hentges also discusses what he believes is “criminal racketeering” occurring in the court system, where cases are fixed, and parents ensnared in the system, and even jailed, for financial incentives.

Hentges has continued to fight for justice, and since has founded Pro Se Alliance (a charity to help educate those are representing themselves pro se, or without representation, in legal matters) and The People’s Branch. He also discusses his ideas for court and judicial reform in this episode.

The last 15 minutes of the show (1:45 in timing) is a brief discussion of the Sandra Grazzini-Rucki case. Both Hentges and Grazzini-Rucki have family court cases in the 1st Judicial District in Minnesota.

The discussion includes:

  • How the court system “aided and abetted” to place the five Rucki children in the custody of an identified abuser; creating a situation so dangerous that the two oldest daughters ran away in order to protect themselves.
  • The retaliation attorney Michelle MacDonald faced for representing Sandra Grazzini-Rucki orchestrated “by the organized control crime that the controls the judiciary and the bar in Minnesota”.
  • That the State of Minnesota, and its leaders, have been provided with information, evidence and complaints concerning the Grazzini-Rucki case, and Hentges’ case, and others, and have failed to investigate or take action concerning systemic problems, and corruption, existing within the judiciary, and the family court system.

Hentges says about Judge David L. Knutson, the former family court judge on the Grazzini-Rucki case, “I hope he is listening or somebody is listening, I will do everything that I can to have that man put in prison for the rest of his life.

Hentges is advocating for, and taking action, to request a formal investigation of 32 victims of family court, including that of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and his own, and additionally asking for whistle blower like protection with the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice.

GAL Coordinator Laura Miles – Going the Extra Mile for Fatherhood Organization

The need for justice grows out of the conflict of human interests...” ~ Thomas Nixon Carver

Can a family court Guardian ad Litem (GAL)  advocate for the best interest of a child, while also advocating, and promoting, their own special interests? One Guardian ad Litem Coordinator’s work with a fatherhood organization provides yet another example of the need for increased accountability, and oversight, in Minnesota’s troubled GAL program. 

Laura Miles, Guardian ad Litem Coordinator for Dakota and Goodhue counties, served as a board member in a well-known fatherhood organization in 2014 and 2015 (board terms for this organization last a period of 3 years). The stated mission of this fatherhood org is to “change the way government agencies interact with fathers and children”. That the GAL program is a government agency raises serious questions about Miles involvement, especially since her work involves supervising and training other Guardians, who may become indoctrinated if Miles has any bias.

Laura Miles. GAL Program Coordinator

Laura Miles. GAL Program Coordinator

The way Miles’ job title and name is listed in the fatherhood org’s Board of Directors gives the appearance of impropriety. The listing includes Miles’ name, her job title as GAL Coordinator (she is a state employee) her address in a state office building, and her work phone, also provided by the state.

I could not find a publicly posted policy relating to the GAL use of state property but there is a statute for the code of ethics for employees in the executive branch that is widely utilized by State employees. Stat. 43A.38, Subd. 4.Use of state property: (a) “An employee shall not use or allow the use of state time, supplies or state-owned or leased property and equipment for the employee’s private interests or any other use not in the interest of the state, except as provided by law.”

See GAL Coordinator Laura Mile’s name, and contact information included on the list for a Board of Directors for a fatherhood organization here: 

2014 MFFN Board List

 2015 MFFN Board List

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In another listing, advertising a conference, Laura Miles names is listed under the title “Statewide Representation and Support for Fathers”, again the listing includes Miles title as GAL Coordinator and includes her contact information from her state office. Miles name is also listed on the Form 990 as being part of the Board of Directors.

According to the organization, Board members must be “passionate about advancing the fatherhood field” Those who are interested in serving on the Board must “self nominate” and send a letter of interest, How can Miles remain neutral, and objective, in her position as GAL Coordinator while also be actively seeking a role to be involved, and promote the fatherhood agenda – or any agenda, for that matter? 

This is clearly a conflict of interest.

I could not find a publicly posted conflict of interest statement for the GAL program but the code of ethics for employees in the executive branch offers some direction. Subd. 5.Conflicts of interest, “The following actions by an employee in the executive branch shall be deemed a conflict of interest and subject to procedures regarding resolution of the conflicts, section 434A.39 or disciplinary action as appropriate…2) acceptance of other employment or contractual relationship that will affect the employee’s independence of judgment in the exercise of official duties…

Subd. 6.Determination of conflicts of interest, “When an employee believes the potential for a conflict of interest exists, it is the employee’s duty to avoid the situation. A conflict of interest shall be deemed to exist when a review of the situation by the employee, the appointing authority or the commissioner determines any one of the following conditions to be present: (1) the use for private gain or advantage of state time, facilities, equipment or supplies or badge, uniform, prestige or influence of state office or employment…”

A conflict of interest occurs when professional judgment is influenced by a secondary interest. For a GAL, their job, and priority, is to protect the interests and well-being of the child. A GAL is supposed to be neutral, and unbiased; Miles involvement with the fatherhood org suggests favoritism, and bias.  Her role may also lead to forming alliances that could deter the outcome of justice if cronyism were to occur. Miles, herself, once said, in a presentation, that a Guardian ad Litem should represent the “pure” best interests of a child, and should not have any competing interests. As a GAL Coordinator, Miles should be held to an even higher standard because her job involves the supervision of other GALs. 

Interesting enough, the fatherhood org DOES have its own conflict of interest policy that its Board Members have to sign.

Laura Miles has been employed with the GAL program since 1997. Miles is well known for her role as GAL in the Grazzini-Rucki case, she was appointed in May 2013 after Julie Friedrich withdrew from the case. Friedrich withdrew after allegations of misconduct involving her role in the Grazzini-Rucki case became public.

The lack of accountability in the Minnesota GAL program leads to abuses of power, and conflicts of interest, that detract from the purpose of the program to protect children and, places the lives of children at risk. 

Julie Friedrich, Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

Julie Friedrich, Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

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