Sandra Grazzini back in jail in Minnesota

April 26, 2018

SandraGrazziniRuckiDakotaCountyJail04212018Small is reporting that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki had a brief court appearance this morning [April 23, 2018] at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota. Grazzini-Rucki is being held without bail pending her next court appearance, scheduled for Friday at 9 AM. Grazzini-Rucki has applied to be represented by a public defender, despite living in a waterfront estate community in Clearwater, Florida.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was booked into the Dakota County Jail at 5:48 AM this morning after being transported from the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida.

Grazzini-Rucki had been in custody in Florida since March 27, 2018, after a warrant was issued for her arrest when she failed to appear at her re-sentencing hearing on March 26, 2018, related to her 2016 conviction on six counts of deprivation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.

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Underwatch’s Note: These protective parent moms like Sandra Grazzini just can’t follow court orders. It’s no wonder that the protective parent movement tries to discredit “parental alienation” and make statements that the custody evaluators and family court judges don’t understand domestic abuse. It sounds like the “real abusers” in these cases are the protective parent moms. They have no respect for the courts or America’s Criminal Justice System. As Sandra Grazzini sits in jail, her former spouse is raising her children. In this case, the “best interests of the child” standard seems very appropriate.


International Child Abductions Draw Outcry on Capitol Hill

April 26, 2018

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Fighting back tears before a Senate panel, American physician Chris Brann on Tuesday recounted the abduction of his son, Nicholas, who was taken to Brazil in 2012.

“This is best described as a living death,” Brann said in a halting, emotion-laden voice. “He [Nicholas] was 3 years old when he was unilaterally ripped out of my life, moved to a country he had never lived in, to a language he didn’t speak, to a culture he didn’t understand.”

Brann added, “I’ve never been allowed to be there for his birthday, to be there for Christmas. You can’t know what that feels like until you’ve been in that situation. As a father, there are times I feel like a failure because I wasn’t able to protect my boy.”

Hundreds of cases yearly

Nicholas was taken by his Brazilian-born mother, Brann’s ex-wife. The case is not unique. Hundreds of international child abductions by parents are reported in the United States each year.

According to State Department officials, the return rate hovers at about 45 percent. U.S. lawmakers of both parties say America can and must do a better job recovering its youngest citizens and preventing such abductions in the first place.

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Conviction: Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

April 26, 2018

Andrew Haley Morcombe – Guilty of International Parental Kidnapping (Photo Credit: Morcombe)

By Dan Sullivan, Times Staff Writer

TAMPA — A jury Monday found a former Air Force major guilty of kidnapping his daughter and holding her overseas to stop his ex-wife from exercising her part of a Hillsborough County custody agreement.

Andrew Haley Morcombe had argued that his 2014 jaunt around the world with a 5-year-old girl was a desperate effort to shield her from abuse.

But federal prosecutors said there was no evidence to back up his claims. He just wanted to hurt the girl’s mother.

“This is a case about a man who would do anything to do what he wanted,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacie Harris told the jury. “This is a case about a military man who refuses to follow orders.”

Morcombe, 51, who once worked at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base and whose work sent him on regular long-distance journeys around the globe, will be confined to a local jail cell as he awaits a July sentencing hearing. He faces up to three years in prison.

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Now on HBO – Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)

April 18, 2018
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Photo Credit: HBO – Indictment: The McMartin Trial

The longest and most expensive trial in American history ended without a single conviction! The state of California spent seven years and 15 million dollars to prosecute the McMartin child-abuse case–a case that ended in deadlocked juries, a mistrial and outright acquittals. What’s wrong with a criminal justice system that lets that happen? James Woods stars.

Editor’s Note: Indictment with James Woods is now playing on HBO. If you have not heard of the McMartin Preschool trial or have faint memories of it, this Wikipedia article gives an excellent account of it.

We are posting this with a warning that some protective parents might be triggered by the graphic and horrible allegations in this movie. If that might be the case, we recommend they discuss it with their therapist before watching it.

Here are some general conclusions from the McMartin Preschool Case:

  • The case was part of day-care sex-abuse hysteria, a moral panic over alleged Satanic ritual abuse in the 1980s and early 1990s. (Wikipedia)
  • The media coverage was generally skewed towards an uncritical acceptance of the prosecution’s viewpoint.[5] David Shaw of the Los Angeles Times wrote a series of articles, which later won the Pulitzer Prize, discussing the flawed and skewed coverage presented by his own paper on the trial.[32] It was only after the trial that coverage of the flaws in the evidence and events presented by witnesses and the prosecution were discussed.[5] Wayne Satz, at the time a reporter for the Los Angeles ABC affiliate television station KABC, reported on the case and the children’s allegations. He presented an unchallenged view of the children’s and parents’ claims.[33] Satz later entered into a romantic relationship with Kee MacFarlane, the social worker at the Children’s Institute International, who was interviewing the children.[33] Another instance of media conflict of interest occurred when David Rosenzweig, the editor at the Los Angeles Times overseeing the coverage, became engaged to marry Lael Rubin, the prosecutor.[2] (Wikipedia)
  • The Children were interviewed by Kee MacFarlane used interviewing techniques and anatomical dolls that extremely suggestive, leading to false allegations. These techniques are no longer used. Kee MacFarlane had no professional licensing credentials other than a social work degree. She previously worked as a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women. (Wikipedia)
  • The case started in the 1983 when a California woman named Judy Johnson took her 3 year old son to the hospital. She believed her child was abused her child was abused. Johnson later received the diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

Finally, this case occurred when the child abuse system in America was still in its beginning stages with the passage of the Mondale Act in 1974. There were so many professionals and lawyers that were competing for professional reputations, government grants and leadership in this field. Since that time, although not perfect that system has significantly improved.


Georgia Man Sentenced In International Parental Kidnapping Case

April 11, 2018

Father Kidnapped His Daughter and Fled to Egypt

Divett Lidrell Mays, Parental Kidnaper

Divett Lidrelll Mays, Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Parental Kidnapping

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United States Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced today that Divett Lidrell Mays, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for kidnapping his daughter and fleeing to Egypt. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also sentenced Mays to three years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on May 26, 2011, Mays picked up his seven-year-old daughter, K.M., from her mother’s Charlotte home for a custodial visit. Mays and K.M.’s mother had agreed that he could take her to Atlanta for the weekend and that he would return K.M. to Charlotte on either May 29 or 30, 2011. According to court records, Mays did not return K.M. to Charlotte as agreed. Instead, without the permission or knowledge of K.M.’s mother, Mays purchased plane tickets and flew with K.M. to Egypt.

Court records show that K.M. and Mays departed the United States on May 30, 2011, and arrived in Egypt on June 1, 2011. Mays retained K.M in Egypt until December 2014, when she was reunited with her mother through an FBI/U.S. State Department ruse and returned to the United States. Around May 2017, Egyptian authorities realized that Mays, a U.S. citizen, had no immigration status in Egypt and that he had outstanding charges in the U.S., so they facilitated Mays’ removal to the United States.

According to court records, in order for K.M. to travel from the U.S. to Egypt, she needed a passport, which Mays obtained by fraud. Over the course of the investigation, it was determined that on August 17, 2010, Mays went to a U.S. Post Office in Fulton County, Georgia, and submitted a signed and notarized two-parent consent form along with the passport application for K.M. The investigation further revealed that the application contained false information and a forged signature for K.M.’s mother on the parental consent form. The passport was later issued, and Mays used the fraudulently obtained passport to transport K.M. to Egypt. K.M.’s mother did not give consent for Mays to obtain a passport for K.M.

Mays is currently in federal custody. He will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray commended the FBI for their work on this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimlani Ford, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

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Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of the U.S. Kimlani Ford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, NC, the FBI and the State Department for reunifying this kidnapped child with their custodial parent and prosecuting the parental kidnapper in this case.

Dede Evavold Released from Jail

April 5, 2018

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Dede Evavold was released from Dakota County Jail so that she could remove the remaining online material she posted about a family law custody case. She had previously violated a judge’s court order by posting that information. Evavold’s husband Darin Evavold had previously brought Dede’s laptop to court so that some of the information could be removed.

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Editor’s Note: In this era of free speech and the First Amendment, this Minnesota Court and the custodial father’s Minnesota Family Law Attorney Attorney Lisa Elliot are leading the county in taking steps to protect the privacy and rights of these children. We applaud them. And thank you to investigative reporter Michael Broadkorb for his Pulitizer-deserving reporting of this story.

In following these protective parent cases over the past 2 decades, we have never seen three supporters of this cause do more to ruin their lives than Sandra Grazzini, Dede Evavold and Michelle MacDonald. They also have caused more undeserved harm to the children, the father and the families as well as an unprecedented amount of court resources. In this new era of coparenting area, it could have all be avoided if Sandra Rucki would have either shared custody or given away her custody rights.

Kathleen Russell – The Faye Yager of 2018

January 5, 2018

Kathleen Russell, Protective Parent Movement, No Professional Credentials

Kathleen Russell of The Center for Judicial Excellence in San Rafael, California has no professional credentials other than a psychology degree like Faye Yager who was a interior decorator. Yet, she is one of the leaders of the “protective parent movement” of 2018. She is the Faye Yager of 2018.

Since the ’80s and the start of the “protective parent movement”, Protective Moms were told that they would have to go to any extreme including committing acts of civil disobedience to get sole custody of their children. This would include perjury in filing false CPS Reports to parental kidnapping. As the Family Court System and Child Protective Services improved with Court Appointed Professional Evaluators, Guardian-Ad Litem Attorneys for Minors and improved CPS Staff over several decades — most parents accepted joint custody. But there were always a number of moms that were not willing to accept joint custody and wanted to write their former spouse out of their child(rens) life. The protective moms never had any evidence of child abuse in their cases. The Family Courts were now encouraging coparenting and discouraging parental alienation. That’s when the Protective Parent Movement went after the Family Court Judges as well as the Psychologists for the new Family Reunification Therapy Camps in parental alienation custody cases.

In the Protective Parent Movement, the same names occur that have been around since the Faye Yager Children of the Underground days such as Judge Sol Gothard, Dr. Joyanna Silberg and Jennifer Collins/Holly Collins. These individuals have always supported the protective parent movement.

So now in California you have Kathleen Russell of the Center for Judicial Excellence that appears to believe she is the watchdog of California’s Family Court. She is actually one of the new leaders of the Protective Parent Movement and is really a lobbyist for the Protective Parent Movement Attorneys and Professionals. She and her group are supporters of California Senate Bill 170 that are trying to allow children 10 years or younger from testifying in court. Currently minors don’t typically testify in court and family court evaluators and guardian ad-litem attorneys for the minor are tasked with testifying for them. But as we have seen in other cases, protective parent lawyers or any lawyer can get a minor to say just about anything in court or video testimony.

We hope that the Family Courts and Psychology Boards in California and others States don’t take Kathleen Russell and The Center for Judicial Excellence too seriously in 2018. They are a lobby group with extremest Faye Yager-like tenets. You have to remember, Kathleen Russell has no professional credentials. You would imagine that she and her group encourage protective parents to file complaints against those psychologist/psychiatrists that issue unfavorable Family Court Evaluations.

If Kathleen Russell really wants to be taken seriously, she needs to go to law school or get a psychologist license.

If you want to see Kathleen Russell and her protective parent group’s initiatives for 2018, see here:

1. Influence Family Court Judges since they are elected (San Francisco, Sacramento)

2. Influence the California Board of Psychology

3. Influence any anti-joint custody/anti-coparenting legislation such as CA SB 190.