In a historic verdict and 3-day Trial, a jury found Minnesota Protective Parent Movement Advocate Dede Evavold guilty of 6 Felony Counts. She was taken into custody.
Dede Evavold, one of the former leaders of the Minnesota Protective Parents Group and outspoken Family Court Critic assisted Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in kidnapping Sandra’s two daughters. Sandra Rucki was found guilty of 4 Felony Counts of Deprivation of Child Custody earlier this year.
Rather than hire an attorney or use a public defender or plead guilty, Dede Evavold elected to represent herself (she is not a lawyer). As her close friend and attorney Michelle MacDonald did not represent her.
Editor’s Note: Wow, this is a huge step toward shutting down the protective parent movement and encouraging those Family Court Critics to not engage in kidnapping or civil disobedience. It does not appear that the Protective Parent Network of Lawyers and Expert Witnesses stepped up to help Evavold in her legal defense. After this verdict, why would any divorcing mother trust the protective parent network. This verdict and a long prison sentence for Evavold would send a strong message to protective moms that they should respect the courts and exhaust their legal remedies in these cases before electing illegal ones. WOW!
2013 Photo of Dede Evavold and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki (Video by Attorney Michelle MacDonald)
The Smoking Gun in the Dede Evavold Trial. Missing in Minnesota reports that Dede Evavold sent Sandra Grazzini-Rucki an email with the criminal statutes for deprivation of parental rights. This is thought to be the most convincing evidence against Dede Evavold. She knew exactly what the crime was and the associated risk. Tonight Dede Evavold is in jail for her part in the kidnapping of the teenagers.