Illegal leaks of jail house conversations in Grazzini-Rucki divorce

Have the leaks of jailhouse phone conversations and arrest documents been prejudicial to Sandra Grazzini?

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WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 – Osceola County Jail, Florida may be behind yet another alleged leak in the Rucki case. On Sunday, May 14, a blogger from Lion News, based in Minnesota published a police report which details conversations that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki had while in Osceola County Jail in Florida.

Grazzini-Rucki had been picked up in US Marshals raid prior to these conversations about and with a series of colleagues including Michael Rhedin, Jack Auld, Dede Evavold, and Michelle MacDonald, were held.

Jailhouse house conversations are routinely monitored, however releasing the police reports to the blogger violates Grazzini-Rucki’s rights to privacy.


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The police incident reports represent a narrative of conversations, not the exact recordings, meaning context of the conversations is missing. When CDN asked for a copy of this police report through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), it was given a sanitized police report with none of the details of the phone conversations included.

The administrative assistant who provided the police reports to CDN for further information and an explanation as to the link has not replied to the request. A follow-up phone call to the Lakeville Police Department was also left unreturned.

The narratives of the conversations alleges that Grazzini-Rucki was involved in some sort of a love triangle at the time: “Dede explains Michael is aware of Jack,” one narrative states.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki not only denied the narrative was an accurate representation of the actual conversations but called the charges absurd since none of the people involved ever had anything more than a platonic relationship with her. Rgardless, having a relationship while divorcing falls short of criminal activity.

This is not the first time that confidential or sealed documents have been leaked in this case. Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Brandon Stahl has allegedly been the recipient of two illegal and explosive leaks. Allegations are that Stahl received a sealed arrest warrant for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in September 2015 and a sealed search warrant of the Dahlen home in October 2015; law enforcement found the Rucki girls when they served the latter warrant.


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While the leaks do not uncover any illegal activities, taken together they do appear to be a concerted effort to embarrass Sandra Grazzini-Rucki. Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and her ex-husband David Rucki divorce has included allegations of domestic abuse against Rucki, while he accused her of alleged parental alienation.

Their two oldest daughters, Samantha and Gianna, ran away in April 2013, months after their mother was removed from their home and lives; the girls stayed for approximately two-and-a-half years at a horse farm for abused children run by Doug and Gina Dahlen where they were eventually found despite the father, David Rucki having custody of the couple’s five children.

As a result of that search, the Dahlen’s, Dede Evavold, and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki were all convicted in relationship to the girl’s disappearance in court cases that allegedly refused to admit evidence of abuse, violations of fifth amendment rights, and violations of due process that would have benefited Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s case.

Judge Karen Asphaug, Minnesota, presided over all four cases.

 

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