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    Reporter Victoria Balfour: The DA Hasn't Called the Doctor Who Trained With Ayres

    New report up on the Daily Journal Forum by reporter Victoria Balfour on the DA's failure to contact the prominent psychiatrist who was one of only six people who trained with Ayres at Yale and who says he is lying.

    Excerpt from Daily Journal:

    A Yale Colleague of Ayres Wants to Help the Victims. So Why Is No One Calling Him?

    In 1956-1957, when Ayres did his first (and only ) year in pediatrics at Yale, he was one of only seven interns in his training group. In April I found one of those doctors who trained with Ayres in that first year of pediatric training. This doctor is very prominent, having worked in the Kennedy White House and with Richard Nixon. He was also for many years the Director of the National Institute of Health in Washington DC, which made him the top psychiatrist in the country.

    I posed this question to the doctor: Did child psychiatrist Al Solnit train you in pediatrics to do physicals?

    A)” No,” the prominent psychiatrist said. “What nonsense! Pediatrics staff taught us. I knew Solnit and he didn’t do physical exams on kids in therapy.
    And I’ve been reading up on the Ayres case and I can’t believe what he has been getting away with all these years. It’s a tragedy for his victims. I would like to see justice done for the victims of Ayres. What can I do to help? “

    The prominent doctor said that in his experience, a good prosecutor does his or homework on witnesses and reaches out to him. He said that if the San Mateo prosecutor “wanted to win the case”, that she should contact him.

    His personal cell phone number, resume and his debunking of Ayres’ training was given to the prosecutor in April by a mother of an Ayres victim.

    But the doctor never heard from the prosecutor.


    More here:Fact Checking The Training of Dr. William Ayres at Yale - San Mateo Daily Journal - Forum
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    Dr. Etta Bryant, the long-time supporter of Dr. Ayres who yelled at another doctor for reporting Ayres to the California Medical Board, was on a committed with Ayres in 1997 that wrote "Practice Parameters For Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused" for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry."

    Pages 37S-56S (October 1997) http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.c...25934/abstract

    Practice Parameters for the Forensic Evaluation of Children and Adolescents Who May Have Been Physically or Sexually Abused

    These practice parameters describe the forensic evaluation of children and adolescents who may have been physically or sexually abused. The recommendations are drawn from guidelines that have been published by various professional organizations and authors and are based on available scientific research and the current state of clinical practice. These parameters consider the clinical presentation of abused children, normative sexual behavior of children, interview techniques, the possibility of false statements, the assessment of credibility, and important forensic issues.


    These parameters were developed by William Bernet, M.D., principal author, and the Work Group on Quality Issues: William Ayres, M.D., and John E. Dunne, M.D., Chairmen. Members: Elissa Benedek, M.D., Gail A. Bernstein, M.D., Etta Bryant, M.D.


    And yet Bryant won't report an incident of child abuse by Ayres reported to her in June 2009, because as she told the mother of the victim who reported it to her, " Ayres and I are friends." Would the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry like to know about this?
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    Reporter Victoria Balfour sends a Memo to the Ayres' Prosecutor's Boss

    From the San Mateo Daily Journal Forum:Memo to Steve Wagstaffe - San Mateo Daily Journal - Forum

    Memo to Steve Wagstaffe
    Mr. Wagstaffe:

    Some of us think it is time that you make it mandatory for your prosecutors to attend a seminar on comportment and bedside manner when dealing with prosecution witnesses whose cases they represent. We also think that you make it mandatory for your employees to attend a course in ethics. If your office already has services like this in place, then we think it's time that at least one prosecutor in your office take a refresher course.

    In the last year, at least one prosecutor in your office has engaged in the following:

    -Scolding prosecution witnesses

    -Snapping at prosecution witnesses

    -Harshly rebuking prosecution witnesses

    -Making a hurtful, false accusation towards a prosecution witness with no basis in fact.

    -Engaging in hostile and intimidating behavior towards a member of the public- without whose work your office would not be trying the Ayres case

    -Engaging in belittling comments about a member of the public to prosecution witnesses - witnesses that the member of the public found for the district attorney's office.

    -Spreading a false rumor that borders on slander with no basis in fact about a member of the public - without whose work your office would not be trying the Ayres case.

    - Dismissing statements that you, Steve Wagstaffe, have made yourself to a member of the public, in a harsh and belittling manner in front of a number of spectators in the courtroom, as in, "Steve doesn't know what he's talking about!" For any employee to be making dismissive comments about their boss to members of the public inside a courtroom is not just improper, but does not exactly inspire confidence in the district attorney's office as a whole.

    Mr. Wagstaffe: you know what this is about. It has all been documented in a package sent to you Priority Mail on August 18, 2010.

    At least one of your prosecutors is abusing the power of their office, and if something isn't done, the problem is only going to get worse.
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    Wow, good for her! I wonder what he thinks of this?


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    The Ayres blog: Judge Baker doctor debunks Ayres prosecutor

    The Judge Baker Doctors' Word Against the San Mateo District Attorney's Office: The Controversy Deepens"

    http://williamayreswatch.blogspot.co...ainst-san.html

    The Judge Baker doctor who knew Ayres and whom the prosecutor stated on the Ayres blog was "physically unable to travel" says that the prosecutor is "confused" and says she "keeps travelling all the time."


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    Yeah, I guess 'confused' would be one word for it.


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    Belinda, you have an excellent point. The Ayres blog asks a number of questions about why the prosecutor's version of various events is so glaringly at odd with so many others.

    What the blog doesn't mention is that right after the trial, the prosecutor falsely accused a poor mother of an Ayres victim of feeding confidential information from the DA's office to the Ayres blog. The prosecutor said to the mother in an intimidating fashion, " I have a file on this back in my office."

    The Ayres blog has only two contributors - an Ayres victim and reporter Victoria Balfour. They have never received any information from any parents of the Ayres victims. Moreover, I know they are very confused by the prosecutor's allegations against the mother, because the prosecutor herself in a comment she wrote under her own name on January 29, 2010, states that she "NEVER" reads the blog.

    Parents and prosecution witnesses who have been harshly rebuked by the prosecutor have been afraid to speak up - until now. Now they're speaking up.

    Please read the Ayres blog. There are many questions about the actions of the San Mateo DA's office, and apparent lack of supervision that need to be addressed. For those who would like answers to these questions, I would strongly urge you to contact San Mateo Chief Deputy DA Steve Wagstaffe himself at: swagstaffe@co.sanmateo.ca.us or call: 650-363-4752.


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    Former prosecutor and legal television analyst Wendy Murphy says she has written in her book about the need for people to rise up and organize and fight for prosecutors who are ethical and give a damn, but has never once seen organization. She says that there have been many other cases where the prosecutor is antagonistic and unethical towards her own witnesses, but no one ever fights back. She is urging people to organize like the mothers did in MADD.

    Wendy Murphy Bio: http://www.speakersaccess.com/wendy-murphy


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    Pediatrician in Arizona just charged with distributing child porn. Will it ever stop?

    http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/P...102100848.html


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    Steve Wagstaffe, the Deputy DA of San Mateo, has been alerted to the prosecutor's misstatements and contradictions by a number of citizens. Everyone is waiting to see if he is going to take action.


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    Another? Does this not prove to the naive public just how far these monsters will go to access the children?

    Thank you for alerting us to this arrest, Mercy. I just started a thread.


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    Prosecutors in criminal cases have been accused of withholding exculpatory evidence to the defense, as Mike Nifong did in the Duke rape case. But the prosecutor in the Ayres case- may have been excluding inculpatory evidence that may have been favorable to her case.

    Let's say, for example, that she called the Boston doctors who trained with Ayres that the reporter Victoria Balfour found in 2006. Let's say that the doctors reconfirmed to the prosecutor what they told the reporter- that they were not trained to give genital exams to boys in therapy, and did not do it themselves. Let's say then that the prosecutor chose to ignore this and did not include it in the trial.

    After the mistrial, the reporter has gone back to three of the doctors , who reconfirmed that Ayres was not telling the truth about his training.

    Is it possible that the prosecutor didn't want to hear what the Boston doctors were telling her about their training? Is it possible that she excluded it because it would have helped establish Ayres' guilt?

    Just a hypothesis, but not out of the realm of possibility.

    But also bear in mind, to date, three out of the four Boston doctors have been unable to confirm that anyone from the DA or the police ever contacted them. The fourth doctor has Alzheimer's. Is it possible that she never contacted them at all and then made up stories to show that she had?

    Remember, she has told at least five different stories to different people about why she didn't use the Boston doctors, including: "Ayres didn't talk about his Boston training on the stand "(false: he talked about it at length); or that he "lied about where he went to medical school and by the time I found out it was too late to call the Boston doctors; or a doctor was "physically unable to travel." ( A total whopper.)

    Thoughts, anyone?
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    I think you are spot on and there are hinky things going on with this case. This prosecutor has made zero effort to actually prosecute this case. I want to know why. She has been caught in numerous lies and attempting to cover her tracks. I really, really want to know why. There is something important here that we don't know.

    On a side note, I did see your post about contacting Wagstaffe. I have not done so as I am completely on the other side of the country and feel that my opinion would have no weight. If you think it is still worthwhile for me to send an email, let me know and I will do so. I just think that since I am not of the voting community there, my letter will just be immediately placed in the circular file.


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    Please do email Wagstaffe. He and his office care very much about public opinion, and how they are portrayed in the media. A constituent from San Mateo has already sent him the Websleuths thread on the Ayres case. I posted his response a while back - saying that he had read the link. Who knows if that's true ? He did say he cares about how his office is viewed by the public. If this story becomes national, you can be damn sure he will care. The fact that others from around the country are paying attention to the Ayres case can only make them more aware of what is going on. So, do it!


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    I just asked lawyer Wendy Murphy- a former visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and legal analyst for places like the Today show, whether she had ever heard of a case where a prosecutor kept out inculpatory evidence that would have been favorable to the prosecution.

    Murphy's response: "I see prosecutors intentionally bag cases all the time by not using inculpatory evidence - there's no redress - nothing you can do - except cause the elected prosecutor not to be re-elected.

    You can also tell the media to write about it and to call the prosecuctor and ask "why aren't you using this evidence"?


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    By the way, Wagstaffe has had citizens complain about the prosecutor before, last year, during the Ayres case. He told one citizen that he had other complaints about prosecutor Mckowan and promises to do something. But he just tries to placate everybody and then does nothing.

    But one would think that now with the Ayres prosecutor, Melissa Mckowan, being sued for lying and fraud in another child abuse case, that her boss, Steve Wagstaffe would start to be taking these complaints more seriously.

    If he doesn't, then he is part of the problem. As Wendy Murphy says, people can cause the elected prosecutor, Wagstaffe, not to be re-elected. Sadly, Wagstaffe, is running unopposed.


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