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Minnesota Teacher-Student Sexual Relationships

Dakota Co. Attorney James C. Backstrom

 

”Quite frankly, it should be a crime,” said County Attorney Backstrom.  He pushed to change the law after a similar case nearly a decade ago.

In light of the new cases, he says he will once again encourage lawmakers to make teacher-student sexual relationships illegal, regardless of the student’s age.

“I’ll raise this issue again with legislators here in Dakota County and hopefully get the bill introduced again next session, Backstrom said. “I think it’s worth another try.”

KARE 11 Investigates: Teacher-student sex not always illegal in Minnesota

Lou Raguse, KARE 10:22 PM. CDT October 04, 2017

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – A county prosecutor is calling for a change in Minnesota law – to make it illegal for teachers to have sexual contact with high school students, regardless of their age.

Currently, it’s not a crime in Minnesota for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student who is at least 18 years old.

And recent cases reviewed in a KARE 11 investigation, raise questions about how Minnesota holds teachers accountable if they do have sex with their students.

In some cases, KARE 11 learned state education officials won’t even investigate.

“It just eats at you, because you put this trust in these people to protect them,” said the mother of one student.

Continue Reading: http://www.kare11.com/news/kare-11-investigates-teacher-student-sex-not-always-illegal-in-minnesota/480903753


Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Media promotes stories that create societal outrage and the solution is always more legislation and initiatives, tougher laws, more law enforcement, more training, etc. None of these solutions make a meaningful difference in preventing sex offenses and really just appease our need to feel that we are protecting children and that our legislature is addressing the issue.

State laws regarding “consensual sex” (referred to generally as statutory rape laws) prohibit adult-child relationships but define childhood differently, depending upon the state.

What is the Minnesota Age of Consent?

The Minnesota Age of Consent is 16 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Minnesota are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.

Minnesota statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 16, although it is raised to 18 when the offender is an authority figure. If the younger party is 13-15, their partners must be no more then 2 years older, and children under 13 may only consent to those less than 36 months older.

Age of consent laws are tied into other statues such as those of rape and sexually assaulting and raping somebody is already a crime.

A very wise saying. Those who expect a new law to magically make all that nasty bad behavior disappear fool themselves. You can change said behavior by several means, but making laws is not one of them.

“There is no simple fix to the devastating problem of sex abuse. Instead of politically popular measures that make no difference we need to turn our attention and resources to ways of addressing the epidemic of sex abuse that, while perhaps not as politically popular, will actually work so that more potential victims can be spared.” Deborah Jacobs, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

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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

Family Crisis Main Reason Children Run Away – Studies Validate Arguments Raised in Grazzini-Rucki Defense (Repost)

Family crisis is the main reason kids runaway- escaping to the streets to avoid chaos, abuse in their homes… (2015 report, National Runaway Safeline)

Studies reveal that family crisis is the main reason why many kids run away from home.  47% of runaway / homeless youth indicated that conflict between them and their parent or guardian was a major problem. (Westat, Inc. 1997: National Runaway Safeline: Statistics ) 

 Further, a majority of runaways are victims of child abuse. According to another study, “80% of runaway and homeless girls reported having been sexually or physically abused. (Molnar, et al, 1998: National Runaway Safeline: Statistics)

Findings validate claims raised by the 4 defendants in the Grazzini-Rucki criminal trial, who raised the affirmative defense stating their actions to help two troubled teen sisters was not criminal, but rather an effort to keep them safe. The Rucki sisters, S.R. and G.R., ran away after learning of a court order that they felt would endanger their lives, on two separate occasions in September 2012 and again in April 2013. Both sisters have asserted, on numerous occasions, that they feared their father and ran away to escape his violence.Rucki social service records

 

Background:

* Four of the Rucki children attempted to run away after their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, was forcibly removed from the home by an unjust family court order, on Sept 7, 2012.

*At the time of the “emergency” court order that September, Judge David L. Knutson acknowledged the sisters had raised allegations of sexual abuse but chose to ignore safety concerns. Judge Knuston determined a mother attempting to protect the children from harm was more of a danger to the children than actual abuse.

* The Rucki children were then placed into the custody of a paternal aunt, Tammy Jo Love, whom they feared. Love had previously lost custody of her own children due to drug problems. The court never conducted a study to determine her fitness to care for children, nor was any motion filed to petition for custody.

* Love went to the elementary school of the youngest children (ages 8 and 10 years old) to inform them of the order, and then left the traumatized children to take the bus home, alone. The two youngest children immediately ran away. The children were found an hour later, having walked over 2 miles alongside a busy road.

* The police report says one of the children asked to see her mom – but was refused due to the court order. The report also said both children indicated that if they go back home, they are “just going to run away,” and said they did not feel safe with Love. After the incident, the children were placed in the care of another relative. http://sunthisweek.com/2015/11/18/son-mom-of-missing-girls-told-kids-to-run-in-2012/

*Just seven months later, this after Judge Knutson personally spoke to the Rucki children and ignored their cries for help, he again court ordered the children into Love’s custody on April 19, 2013.

*This time, the two oldest girls S.R. and G.R. succeeded in running away, and remained in hiding for the next two years. When given opportunities to return home, the terrified teens refused, citing fear of their father.

* The youngest children did not run away because the court recognized the risk, and detained them at school to prevent escape. The court then forced the youngest children into reunification therapy with Rucki even though the GAL noted that they expressed fear, and avoided physical contact with him.

*That the Rucki children currently remain in the custody of David Rucki is no indication of their well-being or safety, especially considering how the family court system has colluded in the abuse of these children and greatly contributed to their suffering.

Among the tragic stories of 1.6-2.8 million American youth who runaway every year, are the 5 Rucki children whose cries for help have been lost in a purposeful cover up orchestrated by Judge David L. Knutson, former family court judge in Dakota County, and assisted by corrupt officials working at every level of government in the State of Minnesota.

Judge David L Knutson

When children do not feel safe, and have witnessed domestic violence or been victims to abuse, they are at a much higher risk of running away. Especially when those charged with protecting them, social services and family court, fail to do so.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that 21% of runaway youth have a history of physical or sexual abuse, or were afraid abuse would continue if they returned to their home. (Source: Safe Place: Running Away)

Shrieking winds sweep across the prairie, beating against the the luxurious Rucki house, situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a rural suburb. In the dying light of a sun that never seems to shine over this corner of hell, the door remains firmly shut, the blinds drawn …the house remains unusually quiet and shuttered tight, with no sign of life inside.

Carefully choreographed footage from ABC 20/20 shot over Christmas with David Rucki and children offers a rare glimpse inside… it is an awkward scene with blurred faces and forced cheer.

It is painfully obvious that mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, is absent from the festivities. Sandra has been forcibly removed from the lives of her children by abusive ex-husband, David Rucki, and by an unjust court order that prohibits her from having any contact with her children for the rest of their lives. Once a stay at home mother, and primary caregiver, Sandra is now alienated from her children and has not had any contact with them in over 5 years. Sandra spent Christmas grieving for her children. She clings to the precious memories .. and is haunted by thoughts of who they are today.

Elizabeth Vargas and ABC 20/20 portray David Rucki as a whimpering father who says he is victimized by an angry ex-wife who brainwashed the children to wage abuse allegations against him. The truth is more sinister.. it takes just a click of a mouse to reveal what 20/20 failed to report as much of the documentation has been made publicly available on the internet. Did 20/20 manipulate the Rucki story to hide abuse? (Michael Volpe, CDN)

A long history of police reports documents Rucki’s explosive anger, and propensity towards violence. druckipolicereports

The violence continued after David and Sandra divorced, with stalking, threats, and eruptions of Rucki’s rage – that often spilled onto the streets of this otherwise quiet neighborhood.

After the divorce was finalized, Sandra says Rucki terrorized the family, and in one incident, threatened to kill all of them. Soon after that threat, one of the children received a voice mail with the sound of six bullets being fired in quick succession – one bullet for Sandra and each of the children. recorded voice mail messages

The Rucki children bravely came forward to report abuse to many officials who should have protected them but failed to do so – the court appointed Guardian ad Litem, police, therapists, the family doctor, social workers, the family court judge and others.

The court appointed psychologist Gilbertson wrote a letter from Feb. 6, 2013 that stated, “There are two prevailing emotional themes that these children speak to: One is fear of being in the presence of their father given what they allege to he being an angry and violent person. A second theme is the anger they have over his alleged mistreatment and a corollary of this, a belief that their father is morally flawed, i.e. womanizer, drinks too much, and is hiding money.

Dr. James Gilbertson, PhD

Yet time and time again the Rucki children were not protected but rather, sent back into the abuse; and their mother, and only protector, Sandra, was forcibly removed from their lives.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and three other co-defendants were criminally charged and convicted for their role for assisting S.R. and G.R. after they ran away in April 2013. This, despite the fact that in Minnesota it is an affirmative defense (subd. 2) to take action to protect a child from imminent emotional or physical harm. Sandra continues to fight for justice, and to clear her name. She is actively appealing her conviction.

Co-defendant, Dede Evavold is actively appealing her case, and has argued (Evavold Appeal 2017) that she was wrongfully charged and convicted of parental deprivation because (p.5), The affirmative defense did not need to be raised as there was substantial evidence supporting the affirmative defense. The state had all evidence that no crime was committed and that the girls ran away because of abuse...”

 

 

For More Info:

Birthday Blow Up: David Rucki Chased Terrified Teens Down Street

Rucki Child Speaks Out – Social Media Post Offers Glimpse From Months Leading Up to Disappearance of Sisters

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki convicted of hiding daughters (Michael Volpe, CDN)

 

 

 

 

Source Family Crisis Main Reason Children Run Away – Studies Validate Arguments Raised in Grazzini-Rucki Defense

 

 

 

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Dave Kleis Mayor ci.stcloud.mn.us

To: Mayor Dave Kleis <dave.kleis@ci.stcloud.mn.us>,

Apparently NOTHING happened at Apollo two days ago…NO THERE THERE…move on.

To refresh the memory of St. Cloud parents the Times DID a hidden report on the crime rates in our district 742 and compared them to neighboring districts…

perhaps the article was too long for most to read but I venture to say it is because the paper does not reach too many doorsteps these days and our school board and mayor have been neglect to mention these numbers while touting Good Old St. Cloud.

Summary of the article is staggering:
As stated by the articles writer:
The report focuses on the calls that are considered the most violent: assault, arson, abduction, criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, threats of violence, harassing/disturbing communications, possessing weapons or ammunition on school property, fights and stalking.

District 742:                                 
Westwood: 4
Madison:18
Lincoln:10
Stride:11
Talahi:28
North Jr. High:56
South Jr. High:53
Apollo:71
Tech:117
Discovery:11
Area:45

             for a total of 424…

other than the “Tech uprising” over a Tweet that got NUMEROUS DAYS of press coverage, How many did YOU personally hear about?

Do you all remember back when the “gang problem” started in St. Cloud?

The kids knew about it…
the parents knew about it..
the talk around the water coolers was about it.
We talked about it behind closed doors…
we talked and talked and talked.
We asked and got “pooh-poohed”.
The “Leaders” of our city denied it.
The people hired to protect our city denied it,
the schools denied it, UNTIL it got out of hand.
YTD…we still have a gang problem.
After (was it 10 years?) a gang task force was finally put into place…
AFTER they’d taken their place and become commonplace in our community.

Our leaders are setting a trend.
DENY we’ve a problem again (you all know what I’m talking about).
There is no there there.

Back in February the Times did some “investigative” reporting GOING back to what we should (I feel) be told about IN REAL TIME.
CRIME…in this case it was crime in our schools. Unbelievable crimes.
If you missed it let me refresh your memory:

School police calls

David Unze , dunze@stcloudtimes.com 8:05 a.m. CT                                     
Feb. 11, 2017

For this report, the St. Cloud Times requested information on police calls to schools in St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park for 2010 through 2015 calendar years. The report focuses on the calls that are considered the most violent: assault, arson, abduction, criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, threats of violence, harassing/disturbing communications, possessing weapons or ammunition on school property, fights and stalking.

The numbers reflect what the reporting party believed was happening at the time. Often, those initial reports are unfounded, incorrect or can’t be verified. Some lead to criminal charges, suspensions and expulsions.

In some departments, databases show whether officers determined the complaint was unfounded but don’t show whether anyone was charged. In some departments, police have data that shows if someone was charged.

For Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park schools, a Times reporter reviewed all of the calls and tried to make an objective determination of whether the reported incident happened. For St. Cloud schools, the Times reviewed data that showed whether someone was charged with a crime.

St. Cloud school district

Westwood Elementary School: 4 (charges filed in 2 cases).             
Assault: 2 (charges filed in 1 case). 1 staff victim.
Knife: 1 (charges filed).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).

Madison Elementary School: 18 (charges filed in 6 cases).
Arson: 1 (no charges filed).
Assault/fight: 16 (charges filed in 6 cases). 3 staff victims.
Threat: 1 (no charges filed).

Lincoln Elementary School: 10 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Assault/fight: 5 (charges filed in 1 case).
Gun: 1 (no charges filed).
Knife: 1 (charges filed).
Threat: 3 (no charges filed).

STRIDE Academy: 11 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Assault/fight: 5 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).
Threat: 5 (no charges filed).

Talahi Community School: 28 (charges filed in 6 cases).
Assault/fight: 18 (charges filed in 4 cases; 2 others happened outside school hours).
Gun: 6 (charges filed in 2 cases; 1 other during summer; another after school).
Sex assault: 3 (none during school hours).
Threat: 1 (no charges filed).

North Junior High School: 56 (charges filed in 25 cases)
Assault/fight: 38 (charges filed in 21 cases). 3 staff victims; 1 officer.
Gun: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Gunshot: 1 (no charges files).
Knife: 3 (no charges filed).
Sex assault: 6 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat: 6 (charges filed in 2 cases)

South Junior High School: 53 (charges files in 24 cases).
Assault/fight: 45 (charges filed in 21 cases).
Knife: 5 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).
Threat: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).

Apollo High School: 71 (charges filed in 35 cases).
Arson: 1 (charges filed).
Assault/fight: 57 (charges filed in 33 cases). 11 staff victims; one officer.
Sex assault: 7 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat : 6 (no charges filed).

Tech High School: 117 (charged filed in 65 cases).
Assault/fight: 83 (charges filed in 60 cases). 5 staff victims; 1 officer.
Gun: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Knife: 1 (no charges filed).
Sex assault: 12 (none occurred at school).
Threat/stalking 19 (charges filed in 4 cases). 1 staff victim.

Discovery Community School: 11 (6 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 2 (1 unfounded).
Gun: 1 (replica BB gun).
Gunshot: 1 (unfounded).
Knife: 1.
Sex assault: 2 (both unfounded).
Threats: 4 (2 unfounded).

Area Learning Center: 45 (4 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 27 (2 unfounded).
Gun: 1.
Knife: 4.
Sex assault: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat: 11 (2 unfounded). 3 staff victims.

Sauk Rapids-Rice school district            

High school: 63 (27 unfounded).
Arson: 1.
Assault/fight: 29 (8 unfounded). 2 staff victims.
Knife: 8 (1 unfounded).
Sex assault: 5 (5 unfounded).
Threats: 20 (13 unfounded).

Middle school: 14 (3 unfounded).
Arson: 1.
Assault/fight: 8 (3 unfounded).
Knife: 3.
Threats: 2.

Mississippi Heights Elementary School: 7 (5 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 3 (3 unfounded).
Gun: 2 (1 was a toy gun; other unfounded).
Sex assault: 1.
Threats/harassment: 1 (unfounded).

Pleasantview Elementary School: 6 (3 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 3 (2 unfounded).
Sexual assault: 1 (unfounded).
Threats: 2.

            

Sartell-St. Stephen school district  

High school: 7 (3 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 4 (1 unfounded).
Gunshot: 1 (unfounded).
Sex assault: 1 (consensual).
Threats: 1 (unfounded).

Middle school: 7 (1 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 4 (1 unfounded).
Knife: 2.
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).

Oak Ridge Elementary School: 1.
Assault/Fight: 1.

Had this report come out BEFORE the new school was voted on PERHAPS people would have seen that what we didn’t need was a shiny bauble to wave in front of people’s eyes with false promises and a fake front.
A whitewashed school (tomb) all shiny on the outside and rotten inside.

There are many students in our high schools who are NOT children but have need of an education. Let’s stop being PC here and call it what it is.

Adults from God knows where who “don’t speak the language” but are mixed into “the system” because we promise to educate “the children.”
SINCE WHEN are 20+ year olds (or for that matter over 18 year olds) CHILDREN).

These adults (no matter what their education level) do NOT belong in our grade schools and High Schools.

Students driving away from their junior highs in their cars (how many junior high students do you know have a driver’s license?).
Senior high school men (not boys).
And why are we obligated to educate them?
Enquiring minds want to know.
I’ve asked and been ignored

I’ve asked but have been given inadequate answers.
I’ve asked and been called racist for having done so.
I do not know who or what tipped off the “unfortunate incident” at Apollo yesterday…
BUT FOLKS listen up,
WE are the taxpayers,
we are the parents and the grandparents and the neighbors of the children who are obviously NOT in safe environments when at school,
we are NOT informed,
we are being LIED to by leaders in our city, state, schools and PULPITS.

When you see something, hear something …SAY SOMETHING, ASK QUESTIONS.
WE ALL have a right to know in real time just what is going ON!!

From our resident truth teller June…

Public Works Birthday Package

Birthday-party-clip-art-free-clipart-images-2-clipartcowLion News 

Lion News is a local grassroots media outlet. Lion News focuses in on local corruption.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Special Treatment For City Of Crystal’s City Council Member Jeff Kolb’s Private “Public Works Birthday” Package? Inquiring Minds Want To Know, Don’t They? Does Kolb Treat Public Property Like It Is His Personal Property? Inquiring Minds Really Want To Know, Don’t They? Public Works Director/City Engineer Mark Ray Retaliates Against Whistleblower Nemmers? No Surprise, Right? City of Crystal Council Member Jeff “Special Treatment/Abuse of Power” Kolb Sends Nemmers A Harassing & Threatening Email? Again, No Surprise, Right?

from:    Lion News lionnews00@gmail.com
to:    mark.ray@crystalmn.gov,
jeff.kolb@crystalmn.gov,
anne.norris@crystalmn.gov
date:    Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 11:57 AM
subject:    Chapter 13 data request – “Public works birthday” package for City Council member Jeff Kolb
mailed-by:    gmail.com

Mark Ray, Public Works Director/City Engineer 763-531-1160

Chapter 13 data request – Please email me the following readily available free, electronic public data:

1. Current affidavit of candidacy of City Council member Jeff Kolb
2. City of Crystal’s minutes and resolution appointing a city responsible authority.
3. City of Crystal’s Notice to Commissioner of Administration: Adoption of Model Policies – Years: 2010-2016.
4. Signed joint powers agreement with the League of Minnesota Cities and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and City of Crystal’s minutes and resolution appointing city personnel to League of Minnesota Cities (LMCT) and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT).
5. “Public works birthday” package data for City Council member Jeff Kolb:
a. Names, employee identification numbers, actual gross salary, union contract, job description, of City of City Public Works personnel and other personnel from the City of Crystal who transported “wheel loader” and supervised delivery of “wheel loader”, supervised event involving “wheel loader” and returned “wheel loader” after event at  “Public works birthday” package for City Council member Jeff Kolb.
b. Permits, waivers of liability, copy of Kolb’s private insurance for event, notifications to and responses from LMCIT & LMCIT that City of Crystal public property aka “wheel loader” was to be used at private event for City Council member Jeff Kolb, contract with Kolb, invoice for “Public works birthday” package and payment received by Kolb for “Public works birthday” package .
c. Current City of Crystal’s inventory of construction equipment, hourly rates for Public work equipment, 2015 City of Crystal’s warrant data for Public Works dept. aka accounts payable/accounts receivable.

Terry Dean, Nemmers (320) 283-5713

Continue Reading: http://lionnews00.blogspot.com/2016/08/special-treatment-for-city-of-crystals.html

Unwarranted: Was the Arrest Warrant Against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Improperly Handled?

In August 2015, a sealed warrant for the arrest of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was “accidentally” posted on the public webpage of the Dakota County Sheriff’s office leading to the warrant being widely published, and shared, in news media outlets. Sensitive information about the sealed warrant was also given to abusive ex-husband, David Rucki, from The Star Tribune. Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie claims the leak was just a “glitch”.

The original warrant was then pulled down from the public website then re-sealed again, as if nothing had ever happened. The original warrant was put under a 2nd seal (re-sealed) and never served to Sandra but instead sent U.S. Marshalls after her, claiming she was a “fugitive”. How can you be a “fugitive” when you were never informed of proceedings, and never served with a warrant? 

Sheriff Tim Leslie

Sheriff Tim Leslie

Could that “glitch” cost Dakota County their case against Sandra? A recent court ruling states that improper service is grounds for dismissal; certainly in this case, there was not only improper service but outright negligence to protect information so sensitive that the judge ordered the warrant to be sealed. 

Signed, Sealed, but NOT Delivered

When someone is suspected of a crime, law enforcement obtains a warrant of arrest which is a document signed by a judge authorizing the detention of an individual, or authorizing the search and seizure of an individual’s property.

In the case of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, a nation wide warrant for arrest was submitted by Prosecuting Attorney Kathryn M. Keena before a judge, and put under a seal on August 12, 2015. Sandra was charged with 3 counts of felony deprivation of parental rights. According to Keena a seal was needed “because disclosure could cause defendant to flee, hide, or otherwise prevent execution of the warrant”. The seal was to last until Sandra is arrested, and returned to the state. What evidence did Keena have to substantiate a sealed warrant? To date, no evidence has been presented that would justify such an extraordinary measure. 

Kathryn Keena (Source:http://minnlawyer.com)

Kathryn Keena (Source:http://minnlawyer.com)

Was a Sealed Warrant Necessary?

A seal means that the warrant is filed in secret, and its existence will not be made public. The subject of the warrant has no idea that they are wanted on charges until they are apprehended. A sealed warrant is usually reserved for special circumstances where public knowledge may jeopardize the investigation and/or issuance of the warrant.

Putting a seal on an arrest warrant is NOT a common procedure; and is even more extraordinary when used against an ordinary Minnesota Mom. Sandra has no prior criminal history, and has attended all scheduled court dates (related to ongoing custody issues, she has NO prior criminal history) – even travelling from out of state to do so. Sandra has also worked at the same job for 28 years, and maintains a stable lifestyle. She posed absolutely no risk of danger to anyone, and was certainly not a flight risk. 

Further, the police knew exactly where to find Sandra – according to the police report, the Lakeville police had previously issued search warrants for the airline she worked for, and had no problem finding out her address, phone number, and employment information. Sandra was being monitored before the warrant was issued. While this was happening, Sandra maintained her normal routine, and did not display any signs that she would evade any legal process.

A summons to appear at a court date would have been sufficient, rather than going to these unnecessary and costly, efforts used by Dakota County.

Somebody’s watching me… (Public Domain: http://www.acclaimimages.com)

Sealed Warrant Goes Public Due to a “Glitch”

Despite the exhaustive efforts of Dakota County to seal the arrest warrant, there was a glitch (or perhaps a leak?) and out of all the warrants entered in the system…somehow only the sealed warrant belonging to Sandra was “accidentally” posted publicly on the Dakota County Sheriff website. Dakota County continued to issue a fugitive warrant on a woman who did not even know a warrant had been issue. Sandra had never been served, nor had her attorney been served (in fact the attorney was only notified of the existence of a warrant after a call from the Star Tribune!)

And if that was not bad enough (gasp!) the Star Tribune, who had been in contact with Lakeville police for months, was alerted and went public, announcing an arrest warrant had been issued for Sandra.

Brandon Stahl of the Star Tribune broke news of the arrest warrant on August 18th: Mother sought in case of two missing Lakeville girls

Brandon Stahl, Star Tribune

Brandon Stahl, Star Tribune

Follwed by Michael Brodkorb, also of the Star Tribune, posting an update on August 21st on his Twitter feed, mentioning the arrest supposedly sealed warrant: https://twitter.com/mbrodkorb/status/634764171125592064

The Star Tribune then informed Sandra’s attorney, Michelle MacDonald, about the sealed warrant…and gleefully spread the news across multiple social media venues. The seal had been broken on the warrant as the news spread nationwide thanks to the special efforts made by Stahl and Brodkorb at the Star Tribune. Keep in mind one of the common reasons that a warrant is sealed is to prevent news of the warrant from reaching the media, who could compromise the case with disclosure.  

Michael Brodkorb~ terminated reporter, Star Tribune

Michael Brodkorb~ terminated reporter, Star Tribune

By “coincidence” a local news outlet reports on the close relationship between Lt. Jason Polinski of the Lakeville Police Department and the Star Tribune,A Star Tribune story in April provided new information that helped police build a case for an arrest warrant for Grazzini-Rucki, who previously was considered a “person of interest,” in the case, Polinski said.Police looking for mother in disappearance of daughters in Minnesota

Even David Rucki himself acknowledged the connection,”..Rucki added he was “very grateful” for the assistance of law enforcement and media attention..” David had alot to be “grateful” for considering Michael Brodkorb of The Star Tribune tipped him off about the sealed warrant. Father of missing Lakeville sisters ‘relieved’ by warrant for ex-wife’s arrest/

At that point there is no reason for the warrant to remain sealed, instead providing Sandra with a notice to appear in court would have been appropriate. Instead, Dakota County relentlessly pursued Sandra. At great cost to tax payers, Dakota County had the warrant removed from the public website and then re-sealed. Sandra was apprehended by U.S. Marshalls, in Florida, and she endured a brutal journey being transported across the country, chained up in the back of a van for over 8 days. Keep in mind that Sandra works as a flight attendant, and she could have easily arranged her own transportation back to Minnesota – as she had done numerous times in the past to answer to proceedings related to her custody dispute. 

Recent Case Presents Compelling Reason for Dismissal

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 The common law and the Constitution afford the public a qualified right of access to judicial records and proceedings. 

The significance of the sealed warrant being publicly posted, and then making the news outlets, is that information about the sealed warrant was not only improperly released but also improperly served. Even more important, every individual is protected by laws designed to uphold personal liberty. These laws are in place to limit the government’s ability to take our freedom or property without due process. 

In the 2011 case of Jones v. Brown County (Civil No. 11-CV-568, SRN/FLN) the District Court found that, “ Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(5), improper service of process may be grounds for dismissal. Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(5). In this case, none of the defendants have been properly served. “

The Court then dismissed a claim made against Brown County because, “It is clear that process was not properly served in this case. “ And, “With regard to the individual defendants, under Minnesota Law service may be effectuated “by delivering a copy [of the summons and complaint] to the individual personally or by leaving a copy at the individual’s usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein.” Minn. R. Civ. P. 4.03(a). The only attempt at service upon the individual defendants in this case was by mailing a copy of the summons and complaint to the county offices in which these defendants work. These mailings did not constitute service by mail, as the mailings did not include two copies of Form 22, or a substantially similar notice and acknowledgment form, as required by Minnesota law. Minn. R. Civ. P. 4.05. Plaintiffs failed to meet the requirements for service upon an individual. Plaintiffs claims should be dismissed for insufficient service of process…

And because Plaintiffs improperly served the original Complaint, this action was never properly commenced. See R. 3.01. “ Source: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-mnd-0_11-cv-00568/pdf/USCOURTS-mnd-0_11-cv-00568-1.pdf

Given that the sealed warrant was improperly served, the Prosecutor’s Office should promptly dismiss all charges. Plz stay tuned to Red Herring Alert for news and updates!

An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. “ ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Gray State” Full Movie

Reblogged from POLICE STATE USA

‘Gray State’ filmmaker and his family found dead in ‘apparent murder-suicide’

David and Komel Crowley
'Gray State' director David Crowley. (Image: GrayState.com)
‘Gray State’ director David Crowley. (Image: GrayState.com)

APPLE VALLEY, MN — The project leader of the controversial film, “Gray State,” along with his wife and daughter, were found dead in their home in what authorities have labeled an “apparent murder-suicide.”

The bodies of David Crowley, 29, his wife Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter were discovered lying in their home by a neighbor.

David and Komel Crowley
David and Komel Crowley

The Crowley family had not been seen since before Christmas, and neighbors assumed that they were on an extended vacation. Neighbor Collin Prochnow said he grew concerned when packages piled up on the couple’s doorstep and he heard a dog barking inside.

When he looked in the window on the morning of January 18th, 2015, the grim discovery was made. It was reported that the bodies appeared to have been inside for weeks before being discovered. Christmas lights were still illuminated and presents were left unopened under the Christmas tree.

Continue Reading: http://www.policestateusa.com/2015/gray-state-suicide

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FULL MOVIE Gray State The Rise By Assassinated filmmaker David Crowley Rough Draft Grey State

Published on Jan 27, 2015

UPLOADED IN MEMORY OF Gray State filmmaker David Crowley, his wife Komel Crowley, and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani who I believe to be assassinated and found on 1/17/2015.

The GRAY STATE Project

The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order.

Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control.
Fearmongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance – these are the terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and everyone becomes a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.

This is the backdrop to an unfolding story of resistance. American militias prepare for guerrilla warfare. There are mass defections from the military as true Patriots attempt to rally around the Constitution and defend liberty, preparing a national insurgency against federal forces, knowing full well this will be the last time in history the oppressed will be capable of organized resistance.

It is a time of transition, of shifting alliance, of mass awakening and mass execution. It is an impending storm, an iron-gray morning that puts into effect decades of over-comfort and complacency, and Americans wake up to an occupied homeland. It is a time of lists. Black list, white list, and those still caught in the middle, those who risk physical death for their free will and those who sell their souls to maintain their idle thoughts and easy comforts. It is in this Gray State that the perpetuation of human freedom will be contested, or crushed.

Is it the near future, or is it the present? The Gray State is coming – by consent or conquest. This is battlefield USA.
Encompassing the world of conspiracy theory, economic collapse, global disaster, end-time prophecies, martial law, and growing civil unrest, GRAY STATE is a piercing look into the immediate future in which the withered remains of freedom are traded for an impression of security.

GRAY STATE is the reality that can no longer be ignored. It is coming – by consent or conquest.

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