Making the decision to go to court today and witness Rudy Fratto’s sentencing hearing was difficult. A good part of me wanted to witness justice. However, another side of me was unsure about the idea of going. I thought my presence might make Rudy’s family uncomfortable. I have been publishing some rough articles on Fratto and knew his family would not like to see me today. However, the hurt my family and I have sustained from the tragedies Rudy Fratto helped bring in to our lives over the past several years ultimately made me decide to drive all the way to the federal courts building today and witness justice.
Upon arriving at the courtroom door, I addressed the Assistant United States Attorneys to congratulate them on a job well done. While doing so, Rudy Fratto interrupted us and told the prosecutors that he was not going in the courtroom if I am allowed in. One of the prosecutors advised him to speak to his attorney about it. Art Nasser, Rudy’s attorney, immediately informed Fratto that “we cannot keep him out – it’s a public courtroom.” At which point Fratto decided to make false and baseless assertions against me in front of the prosecutors in his distorted attempt to discredit me. Apparently, Fratto foolishly thought I was going to be testifying against him today.
As I entered the courtroom, I noticed roughly 20 elementary students seated. The students appeared to have Catholic school uniforms on. I have no idea why they were there. However, I wonder if Fratto orchestrated their appearance in a despicable attempt to win favor with the Catholic judge? If so, it did not work.
The hearing began by Rudy’s oldest son, Rudy III, making a compelling argument to keep his dad out of prison. I feel bad for his kids. Next up, Rudy’s son Sam approached the podium to address the court, however he was too choked up and decided to hand the judge his speech instead. After Sam attempted to speak to the judge, Rudy’s daughter Jeannine addressed the court – her story seemed sincere.