Three finalists named for district judge opening in Hastings

Three candidates have been selected as finalists in the First Judicial District, based in Hastings.

Gov. Mark Dayton now will interview the three, who were recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection.

The governor then will select someone to replace the retiring Judge Mary Theisen. The district includes Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley counties.

The finalists are:

  • Phillip Prokopowicz, the chief deputy Dakota County attorney, where he is responsible for handling misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile delinquency cases.  
  • Gary Voegele, an attorney at Gary L. Voegele, P.A., where his practice includes family law, personal injury, real estate, probate, business law, and civil and criminal matters. 
  • Richelle Wahi, a partner at Lindquist & Vennum LLP, where she handles cases primarily in family law and general litigation. She also serves as a conciliation court referee in Dakota County and previously was an attorney at Moss & Barnett.

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  1. Submitted by Sharon Anderson on 11/10/2015 - 03:16 pm.

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    November 09, 2015 – 9:01 PM


    A mother accused of helping her two teenage daughters run away from their Lakeville home continues to be held on $1 million bail after a hearing Monday where her attorney urged a judge to set her free.

    Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was arrested on Oct. 18 at a Florida resort and spa on three charges of felony deprivation of parental rights. Her daughters, Gianna and Samantha, were 13 and 14 when they ran away from their Lakeville home in April 2013.

    Returned to Minnesota last week, Grazzini-Rucki, 50, had a bail hearing on Friday, after being extradited on Thursday, but her attorney, Michelle MacDonald, was not present.

    Judge Karen Asphaug lifted the bail, and then gave each side a new chance to argue their case.

    Prosecutor Phil Prokopowicz again asked for $1 million bail. He acknowledged the large amount, given the charges, but argued that it took nine weeks for federal authorities to find Grazzini-Rucki, that she has ID cards in two states, and that she uses prepaid cellphones to avoid being tracked.

    MacDonald, who has been named by Lakeville police as “a person of interest” in the case of the missing girls, argued that Grazzini-Rucki should be released on her own recognizance.

    She said her client was homeless, and offered that if she was released she would live with her.

    Asphaug set the bail at $1 million, agreeing with Prokopowicz that Grazzini-Rucki presents a flight risk. She can also be released if she pays a $650,000 bail, but with restrictions, such as home monitoring.

    Grazzini-Rucki’s next hearing has been set for Nov. 30, at which MacDonald said she will argue that charges should be dismissed.

    The sisters ran from their home while their parents were in the midst of a bitter custody dispute over their five children. The girls had accused their father of abusing them, but a court-appointed psychologist concluded that Grazzini-Rucki had turned her children against their father. A Dakota County judge granted the father full custody of his children in November 2013, saying there was no credible evidence that they were abused.

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    Protest Jailing & Prosecution of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki!

    Million Dollar Bail Set: “Outrage” Says Sandra’s Attorney

    Advocate, possible Next Friend Mrs. Sharon Anderson called Backstrom Office 651-438-8141

    Sandra Grazzi-Rucki Dakota Co File No 19HA-CR-152669 Transferred by Judge Karen Asphaug (who sits on State Committment Panel) to Ramsey Co Workhouse in Maplewood by Sheriff Tim Leslie at 651-438-4800 and 651-266-1400

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    Affiant Mrs. Sharon Anderson aka Peterson aka Scarrella had Similar Situation 50 yrs ago, Government taking Sharons Daughter, giving to her Father and his Mistress who involved in the Murder of 10 month old Baby Boy Henry Gooselaw Jr.

    Sharon as Political Candidate must Abolish the State Committment Panel which Knutson,

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