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#353544 - 02/13/11 10:53 AM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: pluckmemory]
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Registered: 03/27/08
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This isn't good news for the Ayres victims who have civil cases against him. Last week a judge signed an order staying the cases until the completion of the criminal trial. And given that it looks iffy for another criminal trial, this isn't good.


Case CIV467741 - CLARK DOE VS JOHN DOE 1 ET AL

02/08/2011 ORDER GRANTING STAY OF CASE PENDING CRIMINAL TRIAL OF JOHN DOE 1, SIGNED BY JUDGE FREEMAN ON 02/04/11 FILED.


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#353663 - 02/14/11 03:50 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: JustScott]
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Posted on Websleuths: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105573&page=20

Although San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has told reporters that his office never hired Ayres to evaluate boys, that is indeed a false statement. Ayres testified in his own deposition that when a prosecutor named Marta Diaz worked in the DA's office, she hired Ayres to evaluate young boys. We have a feeling she wasn't the only one....

That said, there's a growing belief among victims and parents of victims that the Ayres case needs to be taken out of the hands of San Mateo County. Some are asking that the Attorney General's office take over the prosecution.

The Executive Editor of the San Mateo County Times, Glenn Rabinowitz has said that there is a decided "ambivalence" on the part of the San Mateo District Attorney's office about trying and winning the case.

Ayres evaluated hundreds of boys in the juvenile courts as well. Can you imagine the slew of lawsuits that would follow if Ayres was convicted? Why didn't San Mateo County do as they did in Alberta in the case of molester Dr. Aubrey Levin, who evaluated young men for the courts? They actually went back and contacted everyone who had been evaluated by Levin to see if they had been molested.

San Mateo doesn't seem at all curious about its own role in sending boys to Ayres.

I think the parents of Ayres victims are correct in asking the Attorney General's office to take a look at this case.

The conflict of interest is insurmountable.




Edited by pluckmemory (02/14/11 03:51 PM)

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#353763 - 02/15/11 03:14 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: JustScott]
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The press is officially announcing it: The San Mateo District Attorney's office is under investigation by the FBI.

Excerpt from today's Atherton Almanac: http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=8312

FBI focuses on Atherton, DA's office, sources say

by Renee Batti
Almanac Staff

This is an expanded version of a previously published article.

The FBI is interviewing Atherton residents and others about matters involving the town of Atherton and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, according to sources who told The Almanac they had been interviewed.

Former finance director John Johns said he was interviewed about his experiences with the town of Atherton in late January by an agent in the San Francisco office of the FBI.

A reliable source who contacted The Almanac after being interviewed by two FBI agents said the federal law enforcement agency is seeking people who have information about possible misconduct, or who have witnessed possible misconduct, by the District Attorney's Office. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Perhaps this will motivate the victims of Ayres and their families further to contact the California Attorney General's office to ask them to take over the prosecution of Ayres.



Edited by pluckmemory (02/15/11 03:15 PM)

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#353816 - 02/16/11 07:40 AM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: JustScott]
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New story about the FBI investigation into the San Mateo District Attorney's office in the San Jose Mercury News:

"Sources Say FBI is asking Questions about San Mateo District Attorney's Office"

http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17398809

Excerpt:

[i]The FBI has interviewed several Atherton residents in recent weeks, but the focus of its investigation may include the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, The Daily News has learned.

According to one person who was interviewed by the FBI but requested anonymity, the federal agency is interested in speaking with other people who have information about misconduct or have witnessed misconduct related to the district attorney's office. That could include former or current employees of the office, as well as people whose cases have been represented by it.[/

*****

If anyone - and this includes Ayres victims and their families- has any information about misconduct by the San Mateo District Attorney's office, they can contact editor Renee Batti at the Atherton Almanac, rbatti@almanacnews.com or Bonnie Eslinger at the Mercury News: beslinger@dailynewsgroup.com. If your complaint is valid, they will be able to help you get in touch with Peter Carpenter, the citizen who got the FBI involved.



Edited by pluckmemory (02/16/11 09:27 AM)

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#353934 - 02/17/11 09:37 AM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: JustScott]
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New story today in the San Jose Mercury News about the lawsuit against Ayres prosecutor Melissa Mckowan. This involves another child molestation case.


What many people - and now the press -don't understand is why the San Mateo District Attorney's office continues to defend the prosecutor. In other DA's offices, the prosecutor would have been fired for such unethical misconduct.

On a positive note, the Northern California Innocence Project is monitoring this situation, as are other federal and state agencies.


Edited by pluckmemory (09/24/12 05:03 AM)

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#353958 - 02/17/11 01:11 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: pluckmemory]
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There's also a front page story on the lawsuit against Ayres prosecutor Melissa Mckowan the Palo Alto Daily Post.


Edited by pluckmemory (09/24/12 05:02 AM)

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#353963 - 02/17/11 01:48 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: pluckmemory]
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San Mateo Daily Fetch: " A Rough Week For the DA"

It isn’t often that a DA get sued, but that’s what’s happening in San Mateo County. The mother of a girl is suing the DA because he dropped charges against her husband who drugged and molested her daughter… This story, combined with the FBI poking around the DA’s office and it has been quite a week for the newly elected DA…


http://www.thedailyfetch.com/san-mateo/


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#354062 - 02/18/11 03:13 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: pluckmemory]
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Update on Ayres' mental competency: There was supposed to be a report from a new doctor delivered today on the status of Ayres' mental competency. As the William Ayres blog had predicted - the report was not ready.

There will be another hearing on March 4, 2011 for an update on the report by the doctor. If he doesn't find Ayres to be competent, there will be no trial to determine Ayres' mental competency. Ayres will have to submit to either some bogus out- patient treatment or go to a state mental hospital. No one is buying that he will be forced to do the latter.

Basically, we believe it's not just Ayres' lawyer who is playing out the clock but the San Mateo District Attorney's office and San Mateo County - who stand to face a whole slew of lawsuits if Ayres is ever convicted in a criminal court - who are happy to play out the clock as well.

www.williamayreswatch.blogspot has some choice words for the San Mateo DA's office yesterday.


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#354090 - 02/18/11 09:11 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: pluckmemory]
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The Ayres case comes up in an article on Law Technology News: "Barry Bonds Trial May Test Tweeting Jurors"
http://www.law.com/jsp/lawtechnologynews...&hbxlogin=1

Doron Weinberg, Ayres' lawyer in the first criminal trial and mistrial, and who also represented Phil Spector in his murder retrial says he thinks jurors read stories on the internet and wants to try to prevent it. Excerpt:

"Weinberg sees a big difference between internet postings and the traditional news stories a juror might have seen in the paper or on TV: accuracy.

During Phil Spector's trial, Weinberg said, one blogger seemed to be "planting" damaging material online -- such as information about an alleged confession -- at critical junctures. And when he represented Dr. William Ayres in a child molestation case in San Mateo, he grew concerned that jurors were reading "vicious" blog posts by the families of Ayres' alleged victims.

While he was not able to prove juror misconduct in either case, he said the problems prompted him to bring it up with members of the bench and the bar and at the Northern District's conference last year, and to the Bonds defense team."

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This is nonsense. I spoke to several jurors after the trial, and they weren't even aware of the blog's existence.

But during the Ayres trial. the blog's founder told me it was Weinberg and the prosecutor, Melissa Mckowan who were hitting the blog every few minutes during the trial. In fact, during jury deliberations, the wife of Doron Weinberg walked up to a man outside the courtroom and asked him if he was the one who had created the Ayres blog. The man said he was not. But then Weinberg's wife launched into a complaint about how the blog had incorrectly identified where they lived.




Edited by pluckmemory (02/18/11 09:13 PM)

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#355587 - 03/04/11 06:01 PM Re: Child Psychiatrist Arrested for Molesting Pati [Re: JustScott]
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This morning Ayres was determined to be mentally competent to stand trial by a third, tie-breaking doctor. However, Ayres' lawyer is still requesting a jury trial to determine his mental competency. A date has not yet been set for this. If a jury finds him competent to stand trial, then a date will be set for a new criminal trial. Don't hold your breath.
The William Ayres blog has the scoop:
http://williamayreswatch.blogspot.co...ent-again.htm

Too bad Ayres couldn't have been tried in Hamilton County, Ohio, where the very tough prosecutors there convictedidentical twin pediatricians Mark and Scott Blankenburg just nine months after they were arrested, on more than 70 counts of molestation, child porn and bribery.


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