Sandra Rucki’s trial begins today and there hasn’t been a high-profile protective parent/family court critic Family Abduction Trial in over a decade. In this new era of coparenting and joint custody, most defendants have not taken their chances criminal jury trials. In addition, Sandra Rucki has been charged with eight felonies and if she does take it to trial, she could serve over a decade in prison.
There are sources reporting that that Sandra Rucki was offered a plea of two felony counts. By Rucki pleading guilty, it would certainly save the Minnesota taxpayers a considerable sum of dollars considering her co-conspirators Dede Evavold, Gina and Scott Dahlen would likely receive substantially lesser plea deals — possibly reducing the felony charge. That said, the importance of this case in getting a felony conviction against both Evavold and the Dahlens would be historical in deterring others from committing this crime. It would more than likely steer the Family Court Critic movement to more constructive agendas rather than civil disobedience.
In addition, the Rucki family appears to be going on with their life without Sandra. One of the girls graduated from high school despite being in hiding. It would no doubt be better from this family to not have to have their personal life history made public in a very public criminal trial.
Now the pressure is on Sandra Rucki and her attorney. We hope Sandra Does the right thing.