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    I don't understand why a prosecutor would intentionally bag a case. Their job is to get criminals convicted. Why would they do this? It doesn't make any sense to me. And then reading that it is done all the time completely mystifies me. Isn't their rate of conviction important to their resumes? I'm very confused.


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    Unfortunately, Wendy Murphy says it happens more often than we would know. She has written about prosecutors who are hostile to prosecution witnesses and fail to use inculpatory evidence that would help the prosecution case.

    She said that prosecutors engaged in misconduct are the focus of lots of groups' energy - but only when the misconduct could help the accused. That's why there is the Innocence Project, to help people who have been wrongfully convicted.

    But she says so far when it comes to prosecutorial misconduct against their own prosecution witnesses, there has been no such mobilization.

    "Murphy says," Pro-victim forces are impotent against prosecutors - no matter their misconduct. i've written about this issue and urged people to rise up and mobilize politically around the election of prosecutors who give a damn and have the right ethics, etc - but i've never once seen organization.


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    Someone suggested to me that the San Mateo DA's office didn't want to use the doctors who trained with Ayres in Boston because they didn't want pay for their flight. IF that were the case - and I don't think it is-- the prosecutor could have had Dr. Mel Brown, one of Ayres' former medical partners testify. Brown lives in San Mateo and ALSO trained at Judge Baker, where Ayres was trained. He would have been able to testify that he was not trained to give genital exams to boys in therapy. He doesn't like Ayres and told reporter Victoria Balfour way before Ayres' arrest that he found Ayres' sex education television series in the 1960s to be "disgusting" and that he thought Ayres was using the show to "procure." Why didn't they call on Dr. Brown to testify about his training? He's right there in town.

    I think the larger reason is that the prosecutor for whatever reasons, had some walls up and a blind spot about Ayres' training. It could have been fear. It could have been that she subconsciously knew that if she brought in the doctors who trained with Ayres that she could have nailed the case, and perhaps that's what she feared. Perhaps Ayres himself is a trigger for her, for something that happened to her in her past. If she had nailed Ayres, perhaps she would have had to expose some truth about herself, and she couldn't do it.

    But she did have a shocking blind spot when it came to his training. And all those weird stories about why she didn't call the Boston doctors - some of which make no sense and some are just based in falsehoods. They are covering up something.... the fact that she didn't do her homework, or is there something deeper going on? Others - some of the parents of Ayres victims- have a theory that Wagstaffe told Mckowan not to work too hard on the case, out of fear that if she won the County -which had used Ayres to treat juveniles in the courts- would be open to all sorts of lawsuits. That theory seems a bit far fetched to me. Why pursue the case if you don't want to win? Also, why spend the money on it?
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    There is also that incident with the prominent doctor who trained with Ayres in his first year of residency at Yale. He is only one of six doctors to train with Ayres during a first key year at Yale. This doctor went on to become the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. He told reporter Victoria Balfour that Ayres was lying about his training back in April, and said he wanted to help the Ayres victims win the case and to give his name to the prosecution.

    As the prosecutor had stated in her blog comment on January 29, 2010, that she welcomed people to contact her with new witness info for the second trial, a mother of a victim sent the prosecutor the name of the doctor who trained with Ayres at Yale and his personal cell phone number in May.

    The prosecutor never contacted the doctor. As I have reported here before, when the mother of the victim asked the prosecutor in person at an Ayres hearing in June if she had contacted the doctor who trained with Ayres at Yale.

    "Yes, I contacted him," the prosecutor said. "But he never called me back."


    The doctor has a different version of this story. As of this writing, four months later, the doctor says he has still never been contacted by the prosecutor. We're going with his version on this.

    People would have understood had the prosecutor said, " No, I haven't contacted him because I have been so busy, but I will."

    What NO ONE can understand is how she would say she contacted him and the foist the blame on him? He is certainly upset by this.

    It is up to the prosecutor to research and contact witnesses themselves. Not the other way around.

    Did she make this excuse out of laziness or embarrassment? But why then would she blame the doctor for not calling her back when she never contacted him in the first place? Why the attempt to make the prominent doctor - who could nail the Ayres case for her - look bad? Why does she show no curiosity about Ayres' training?

    This all just boggles the mind.


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    I am completely and utterly baffled by this entire case. Nothing makes sense. The prosecutor seems to be some sort of a nut, who seemingly lies to cover her butt and whenever she finds it personally convenient. She also seemingly has no difficulty bashing others for her very own failures. I feel like we are in the Twilight Zone here. There has to be more to this. There has to be a reason she is not trying to convict Dr. Ayre's. She can't be that completely inept, can she?


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    Mercyneal - I will start working on a letter. I am having a very high pain time right now, so need to take the time to gather my thoughts and write something coherent. I get a bit muddled when the pain is high. Please PM me with any suggestions you have as I want to make sure this letter is well-written and has impact. I am terribly disturbed by many facets of this case and I can't stop thinking about it. I have been so outraged and felt helpless to do anything about it, so maybe the letter will settle me down a bit.


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    Belinda - I sent you a private message, telling you that I sent an email to you. Couldn't fit all of my info into a private message.


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    Another point: In her blog comment on January 29, 2010 on the William Ayres blog, the prosecutor stated that she had contacted Judge Baker in Boston, where Ayres trained.. She wrote," Judge Baker told ME, unlike whoever keeps talking about what their records will show, said there are no records from that time period."

    But that's not what Judge Baker Chief Operating Officer told reporter Victoria Balfour in August 2009 in a meeting in Boston. For starters, he said he had never heard from anyone in the San Mateo District Attorney's office. He told the reporter that it was possible that there WERE Ayres' work records, in a place called the Harvard Depository. He also said that case records of all patients whom Ayres treated were at Children's Hospital.

    The COO said he had never heard of the William Ayres case until the reporter asked him about it last summer. He said that he thought he would have remembered if someone had called him about Ayres' records. And even if the prosecutor spoke to someone else about Ayres, the word would have come to him that she had called, as Judge Baker is a very small place with not a large staff. The COO of Judge Baker asked the reporter why no one from the San Mateo DA's office had ever called him to ask about how child psychiatrists were trained at Judge Baker. He said he would have told them that child psychiatrists have NEVER been trained to give physical exams to kids in therapy - let alone genital exams to boys in therapy.
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    You would think at some point McKowan would start to feel embarrassed as her massive failures have been publicly outed more than once. Yet, she still defends herself and lies whenever convenient. I feel a fraud investigation needs to be done on this case and her handling of it, as well as Steve Wagstaffe's actions or inactions. She doesn't want to win this case and she isn't going to try to win this case. We have a right to know why. I am very interested in her lack of professionalism and her total lack of preparedness for her own case. Further, her own boss seems unable to manage the case or his prosecutor. Either these people are so completely inept that I fail to see how they made it through law school or something stinks. I'm going with something stinks.

    The sad fact of the matter is that the prosecutor has not contacted any of the colleagues that trained with Ayre's and apparently has no intention of doing so. That has been proven extensively and she can lie about it all she wants but she can't get away from the truth. So, is there a way to go around her and get these people into the next trial? This is such a pivotal issue to the case. She has been handed all the information she needs on a silver platter, yet still can't manage to prosecute the case. What exactly is she doing at the office?
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    Write to Wagstaffe. Keep writing. If you don't hear from him, then call. And go to the media. The California Bar Association would be interested in this as well.

    Others are contacting him. Wagstaffe responds to media pressure most of all.

    I would recommend that they get the prosecutor off the case.


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    Here is the letter I sent to Steve Wagstaffe today:

    Mr. Wagstaffe:

    I am writing to you today in regards to the William Ayres case. I have been following this case for quite some time on Websleuths.com and WilliamAyresWatch.blogspot.com. To say that I am horrified would be a complete understatement. The actions of your prosecutor, Ms. McKowan, have been unprofessional, irresponsible, deceitful and downright fraudulent. She has been publicly caught in numerous lies.

    I would like to know why this case is not being adequately prosecuted? Ms. McKowan has had all of the information she needs provided to her on a silver platter, yet she still can’t manage. I fully believe a fraud investigation needs to be pursued regarding this case and the lack of effort that has been spent on it by your office. Had Ms. McKowan done her job the first time, a second trial would be wholly unnecessary. Let’s face it, we know there are far more victims than he is being prosecuted for to begin with. Yet, your office can’t even manage it at the whittled down size that it is.

    Why has the prosecutor utterly failed to contact any of those doctors who trained with Ayres at Judge Baker, and Dr. Bert Brown, one of six doctors who trained with Ayres at Yale? She has claimed that she has attempted contact, but we know this is false and an attempt to cover herself. Is it just that she is completely inept or is there a reason this case is being sunk? Frankly, if she were that completely inept, I fail to see how she would have made it through law school. Therefore, she is intentionally sinking the case and I want to know why.

    You have claimed on many occasions that you were going to speak with her, yet have failed to do so. Are you unable to manage your office? Should you really be in the position you are in, if you have no control over your employees? Ms. McKowan has shown herself to be a loose cannon, such as making a confusing and inaccurate comment on the William Ayres blog in January, yet you allow her to continue to make your office the laughing stock of the justice system. I fail to understand why this has been allowed to continue.

    Lastly, where is your concern for the victims in this case? Where is her concern? Now the victims are forced to face another trial because your prosecutor is incompetent or worse. It is apparent that no additional effort on Ms. McKowan’s part is being invested in this new trial, therefore we can look forward to a similar outcome. How is this justice?

    I look forward to hearing some answers to my many questions. I will be forwarding this letter to interested parties and will also be forwarding your response.

    Sincerely,



    I will post any response I receive from his office.


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    Someone on the San Mateo Daily Journal forum just reported that there's an ad in the San Mateo County Times about prosecutor Mckowan. I think it's about looking for other people whose cases were represented by her in the DA's office.


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    It's being reported that the ad in the San Mateo County Times says:

    Looking for victims whose cases were represented by prosecutor Melissa McKowan in the San Mateo District Attorney's office.

    Please call: 650-549-5241

    This ad was paid for by a private citizen


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    Wow! Thanks again for keeping this thread relevant. I'm a second year law student in Sonoma County and I've composed an email I'm going to send tomorrow. THERE IS NO EXCUSE. They could employ law students as volunteer interns to do some of the work for her. If it weren't so far away I'd offer my services to get her arse in gear! I've gone into law to become a prosector and this offends me in more ways than I can describe. There are law students all over the Bay Area that would love a chance to have some hands on experience.

    Steve is going to have to feel some major pressure before he'll do anything. Is it possible that they are just lazy or don't think they make enough money to be bothered going above and beyond? I'm mystified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercyneal View Post
    It's being reported that the ad in the San Mateo County Times says:

    Looking for victims whose cases were represented by prosecutor Melissa McKowan in the San Mateo District Attorney's office.

    Please call: 650-549-5241

    This ad was paid for by a private citizen
    ummm has anyone called the number to see who placed the ad???
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