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Briefs Reveal More Shocking Behavior in Rucki Case.

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Michael Volpe

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In separate response briefs to pro se attorneys, the Dakota County Prosecutor’s Office has acknowledged jury tampering, misdirected an allegation of witness tampering, and refused to respond to address all allegations of judicial misconduct in the Rucki case.

The briefs from Dakota County Prosecutor James Backstrom were in response to briefs filed by Dede Evavold and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, both representing themselves.

Evavold has been representing herself after the state ruled her too well off to receive an attorney while Grazzini-Rucki was represented but was so disgusted by her attorney’s brief that she filed one on her own.

Her attorney, Steven Russett, who was provided by the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender’s Office, did not respond to an email and voicemail for comment.

In the most startling admission, the prosecutors acknowledge- responding to Grazzini-Rucki- that a reporter approached the jury while they were in a common area during a lunch break and asked if any wanted to be interviewed when the trial ended.

The reporter’s name is Laura Adelmann, who works for the Sun Current, the hometown newspaper of Lakeville, Minnesota, where the Rucki’s live. “There was one occasion during trial in which it was it was reported to Judge Asphaug that a reporter (I.E. Laura Adelmann) had approached the jurors while they were eating in the common area of the courthouse and asked if she could interview them after the trial was over.” Backstrom’s brief stated.

This incident occurred on Friday July 18, 2016, while the trial was ongoing, and on Monday July 21, 2016, Judge Asphaug issued this statement to the court gallery. More

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Witness Tampering Alleged in Rucki Case Appeal

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Michael Volpe

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As I previously wrote, at the time, Rucki not only hired Tannick but also maintained his longstanding attorney, Lisa Elliott, all while claiming in court he was on public assistance when arguing for child support.”

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The blogger in the Rucki case previously accused of jury tampering is now being accused of witness tampering in a new appeal.

Dede Evavold filed a new appeal in which, among other legal issues, she argued that Michael Brodkorb engaged in a campaign to intimidate her.

Evavold was convicted for her role in hiding Samantha and Gianna Rucki, along with their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and Doug and Gina Dahlen.

The two Rucki girls ran away from home on April 19, 2013 and were found in November 2015.

The complaint stems from two incidents.

In one incident, Brodkorb called Evavold in September 2015 and surreptitiously recorded the conversation which he then shared with David Rucki who sent it to the Lakeville Police Department.

On 062216 at 1430 hours I received an email from David Rucki containing an audio recording. I spoke with David on the phone and he explained to me that the recording was a conversation that Michael Brodkorb recorded between himself (Brodkorb) and Dede Evavold,” the police report from the Lakeville Police Department stated.

Brodkorb was working at a blog hosted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune at the time. Emails to Suki Dardarian and Terry Sauer, two editors at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, were both left unreturned.

Brodkorb called any allegations of witness tampering false: “all bogus. Their accusations are as credible as your reporting.”

Brodkorb, after the article was published, had previously challenged the accuracy of a report that he approached at least one juror while Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s trial was ongoing.

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