Sandra Grazzini-Rucki took her documented threats toward law enforcement, judges, and court staff in Minnesota to a dangerous level joining forces with a Connecticut man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge.
Grazzini-Rucki hosted a podcast with Edward Taupier, who was convicted in October 2015 of threatening to shoot Hartford Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto.
Since being released from jail last October, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous.
But Grazzini-Rucki’s association with Taupier provides additional evidence that Grazzini-Rucki continues to escalate her threatening behavior toward law enforcement, judges, court staff, and now their family members.
Taupier sends email threatening to shoot judge
According to court documents and media reports, Taupier sent an email to a group of people involved with family court reforms which included information about layout of the judge’s home, specifically the distance to her master bedroom from a nearby cemetery, and ammunition that could be used to shoot the judge.
The judge targeted by Taupier had presided over his divorce proceeding with his ex-wife.
Taupier was prohibited by a family court order from possessing firearms, but during their investigation of Taupier’s emails, law enforcement “seized 15 firearms and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition from Taupier’s home.” An additional seven firearms connected to Taupier were located during the investigation.
Law enforcement determined that four firearms located at Taupier’s home could have fired at the judge’s home in the manner described in Taupier’s email.
Taupier was convicted in October 2015 on four criminal counts related to the threatening email. He is currently appealing his conviction.
In May 2013, Tapuier was charged with voyeurism “for allegedly taking a video of his wife naked without her knowledge and posting it on the Internet.”
Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier’s show full of threats, hate, and anger
The podcast last Thursday with Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier was filled with threats towards law enforcement, judges, and court staff.
Taupier, who is currently on house arrest while he appeals his conviction, described during the podcast how close he came to murdering police officers when they came to his home to check on the welfare of his children after his ex-wife contacted police.
“It’s a good thing I didn’t have a firearm that I borrowed from a friend,” said Taupier, who added “because I probably would have blown every cop that was on the front steps away, dragged their bodies to the street, and burned’m.”
Grazzini-Rucki later followed up on Taupier’s angry comments by again focusing her threats on the families of law enforcement, judges, and court staff. “You start making it personal,” said Grazzini-Rucki. “When it starts affecting their families then they will wake up and stop,” she added.
Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier following similar strategy
Court documents show similarities between the family court dramas involving Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier.
Both Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier violated numerous family court orders, while simultaneously complaining about court corruption.Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier have separately appeared as guests on another podcast where they viciously railed against the judges who they blame for their problems in family court.
Finally, both Grazzini-Rucki and Taupier have attempted to use the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as a cover for their threatening comments.