Delay in Ayres going to Napa:http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county/ci_19050442
Although District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has for years sent out what is supposed to be an all inclusive daily press release of cases of interest in the Redwood City courthouse for reporters, he mystifyingly neglected to alert the reporters about this hearing.
It's even more mystifying when you consider that Ayres was scheduled to go to Napa on October 6. Wagstaffe knew that the public was very interested in this, as are reporters. Yet he didn't tell anyone that Ayres wasn't going to Napa on the 6th and he didn't tell reporters about the hearing that occurred on October 4.
On September 28, a mother of a victim happened to call the court clerk to check on the October 6 hearing. She was told there would be no hearing on that date, but that there would be one on October 3. The Ayres blog posted on this.
But the reporters for the San Mateo County Times were left in the dark. When the reporter called Wagstaffe the day after the October 3 hearing, Wagstaffe according to the reporter" acted like he didn't know it had happened."
Although Wagstaffe pretends to be transparent, he likes to hide hearings and cases from the public -especially if the cases make his County look bad. The DA's office hired Ayres over the years to evaluate boys, and we believe they are not pursuing this case because of potential lawsuits.
Wagstaffe we believe was the one who got the time changed on the key August 22 hearing to determine if they were going to retry Ayres. Wagstaffe didn't tell the press or the public and we believe Wagstaffe did this because he knew there would be outrage for their decision not to retry him.
If a mother of a victim knew about the hearing change last week, it's laughable to think that DA Wagstaffe - a self described micromanager who read severything that comes into his office- had no idea about the latest hearing in he Ayres case- a national case that has been written about in the New York Times .
His office has violated Marsy's Law in the Ayres case over and over and over in the last few years. They never alert victims about hearings. And now he's hiding crucial hearings and pretending not to know about them. Wagstaffe is a sneak all right.
The question is: WHY IS HE ATTEMPTING TO KEEP THE AYRES HEARINGS A SECRET?