A judge in Dakota County ordered Dede Evavold to “remove ALL blogs/postings, social media postings, or internet postings” about David Rucki, his children, and other members of the Rucki family which violate a Harassment Restraining Order granted by a court in Dakota County in the next eight days or she will go to jail for 30 days.
On Tuesday, Judge Kathleen Gearin found Evavold was in constructive civil contempt of court at an emergency hearing held at Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
Evavold was convicted in September 2016 of six felonies for her role in the disappearance of Samantha Rucki and her sister Gianna, who were abducted near their home on Lakeville by their mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, during a custody and divorce proceeding.
The emergency court hearing was scheduled after Lisa Elliott, who serves as the attorney for the Rucki family, filed an emergency motion with the court earlier this month which included over 200 pages of exhibits documenting Evavold’s repeated violations of a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO).
Elliott’s exhibits documented nearly 20 posts published on Evavold’s blog which violated the HRO since the last court hearing on December 13, 2017. At the court hearing, Evavold was reminded by Judge Philip Kanning that the HRO granted by Judge Karen Asphaug in July remains in effect.
In a court order released this afternoon, Judge Gearin went further than the posts identified by Elliott by ordering Evavold to “remove ALL blogs/postings, social media postings, or internet postings that refer to the Rucki family as named in the Harassment Restraining Order…”
If Evavold does not remove the posts by March 9, 2018, at 9:00 AM she will go to jail for 30 days.
Judge Gearin’s order found that Evavold failed to comply with the original HRO granted on July 28, 2017, and Judge Kanning’s order from January 4, 2018, which ordered Evavold remove a threatening blog post which contained the private address of the Rucki family.
Evavold violated the HRO since Tuesday’s hearing when she published a post last evening which made reference to the Rucki family.
Many who have witnessed Evavold in court believe she is repeatedly violating the HRO to trigger more court hearings, providing Evavold with the opportunity to remain in contact with the Rucki family.
At a court hearing last October, Elliott said that Evavold “seems obsessed with [the Rucki] family.”
In December, Evavold looked directly at David Rucki during a court hearing and asked in a resentful and villainous voice, “where is Samantha?”
Elliott sternly responded on behalf of David Rucki that she also represented Samantha Rucki, as well as the minor children and that Samantha had no obligation to appear in court.
Court describes Evavold’s testimony as “not credible”
The order from Judge Gearin also found that Evavold’s testimony about her “knowledge of the other post authors and the ability to control and edit the postings on the blog was not credible.”
During her voluntary testimony on Tuesday, Evavold was only able to identify her neighbor Angela Young as someone who posts on her blog under Evavold’s name despite claiming five people contributed to her blog.
David Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing. David Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found on a rural ranch in northern Minnesota.
They live with him and their other siblings at the family’s home in Lakeville.
Below is the full order from Judge Gearing.