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Old 01-11-2011, 09:41 AM
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I wonder if Marc Klaas would have anything he would like to say publicly about this development? Didnt he participate in one of the last press conferences about the DA's office?
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Yes, Klaas particiipated in a press conference on behalf of another family whose daughter was molested in another case Mckowan was supposed to be prosecuting. The family filed a lawsuit because they said Mckowan lied to a judge to get out of trying the case by saying the family didn't want the daughter to testify. Bizarrely, according to the family, Mckowan got the case delayed for two years. Just two days before the trial, Mckowan told the family that she hadn't lined up any witnesses and asked them if they could PAY to fly out a witness for the prosecution.

The family is continuing with their lawsuit. At a recent hearing, a judge stated to their lawyer that they did have standing to complain that Mckowan and the San Mateo DA's office perpetrated fraud.
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What are the chances the Ayres' victims can do the same?
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:42 PM
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The first step for the Ayres victims would be to file an online complaint with the California Bar. They have a new President at the California Bar, and word is that they are looking more closely at different kinds of prosecutor misconduct, such as abusive behavior by prosecutors towards their own witnesses, and false statements made by prosecutors about evidence.

It is my understanding that the Bar can investigate prosecutors for incompetence on trials. This might be something the Ayres victims might want to think about.

Or, they might want to contact the Northern California Innocence Project, which deals with prosecutorial misconduct - even if the prosecutorial misconduct is towards victims the prosecutor is supposed to be helping.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:21 AM
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As has been reported here earlier, during the Ayres trial in 2009, the prosecutor, out of nowhere falsely accused a mother of a victim who testified at the trial of feeding confidential information from the District Attorney's office to the Ayres blog. Direct quote from prosecutor to the astonished mother: "Every time I talk to you in confidence about the Ayres case, it ends up in the Ayres blog." The prosecutor then warned the mother, "I am keeping files on you doing this back in my office."

The mother - already traumatized and distressed over her son who had been molested by Ayres and from testifying herself at the trial - was stunned by the false accusation. She had never given anything to the blog. She felt too intimidated to speak up. It took her a year to tell the prosecutor's supervisor, Karen Guidotti, about the incident. Guidotti stated to the mother that the District Attorney's office had no files on the mother. (Never mind that the prosecutor herself had since gone on the Ayres blog and stated that she "NEVER" reads the blog.)

Guidotti suggested to the mother that she call Mckowan. The mother said that Mckowan should call her. Guidotti promised to get Mckowan to call the anguished mother to apologize.

That was over three months ago. The mother has not heard from the prosecutor.

This is just unhinged. Some of us are reminded of Wisconsin district attorney Kenneth Kratz who abused his power towards the victims he represented.

There are others who have been on the receiving end of abusive behavior by the prosecutor in other cases. It is strongly suggested that they file complaints to the California Bar.

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Old 01-12-2011, 02:37 AM
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Oh Lord....I didn't know. Dementia. I have every reason to believe that there's been a glimmer of dementia for a while and they drug their feet until it was firmly entrenched. What a set back for the victims.

Believe, you asked about studies. Actually fronto-temporal lobe dementia is increasing and it brings with it some strange symptoms. Not sure if this is the type of dementia that Ayres is diagnosed with but let me give you a link to another case where this came up. It was the arrest of Kent P. Frandsen in SLC, last year. I found a number of interesting articles about how men can become hyper-sexual and those with any form of pedophiliac tendencies can become indiscriminate and far more dangerous as they lose their normal inhibitions (not saying Ayres ever had them).

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The entire thread is interesting but pay special attention to Posts # 42 and 60. Those are the ones about dementia and hypersexuality. I guess the harshest irony is that Ayres could become even far more dangerous as time goes on if he's not monitored--or jailed!!

A personal note here. I have a CNS disease. You all know my writing skills. I'm a reasonably bright woman. But I could get my neuro to write a diagnosis of dementia for me in a heartbeat as I can't function without writing out my thoughts. I can't do much self care or speak without slurring my words. I have horrid short term memory. Can't remember to turn off the water or close the fridge or the door but you all know I can follow a thread of thought here. My point is that a diagnosis of dementia is not that hard to come by if a person has some level of disorder. Didn't someone say Ayres was driving, shopping, and attending opera? Check out a functional assessment list and all those activities point away from dementia. Whereas, I'd fail them. Can he pay his bills, answer the phone, toilet himself, write notes, remember the date? I firmly believe that a well paid doctor could be encouraged to go either way on this. I have no doubt that I'd be found unfit to stand trial but I did drag my sorry body to Salem to testify, as I was determined to change the law. It's all about motivation and strong will. Ayres is not what I'd call motivated to get on that stand.

Sorry, but the man is snowing everyone, IMO. And here I am an advocate for the disabled. But first and foremost, I'm an advocate for children's safety.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:01 AM
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Mitch Garabedian

Mitch appeared with Victoria Balfour on Emily Rooney, if you guys recall. While this is o/t I thought his latest endeavor is worth noting given the energy he has put into helping with the search for Ayres' victims in Boston:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/01/1...e-sex-abusers/

MissI, to your point regarding dementia-respectfully, Ayres was not evaluated for dementia at the time of his most egregious crimes.

I just want to make it clear that it seems the Prosecution is entertaining giving him a PASS for the devestation he has caused because some time in the last 7 months or so, his frontal lobe has some plaque. Or not-perhaps he put on a hell of a performance.

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Old 01-19-2011, 11:57 AM
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Excellent find, Believe09.

Wish there was someone like Garabedian working for the Ayres victims in California.

He's been at this for decades, and his energy for helping abuse victims has never flagged.

PS: It's time we started looking for Boston Ayres victims again.
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Perhaps an ad in the Boston Herald might work to flesh out Ayres victims? Only $600 and runs for two days.

If there are any Boston Ayres victims reading this, please contact the law offices of Mitch Garabedian. He has been asking for Ayres victims in Massachusetts to come forward.

http://www.garabedianlaw.com/

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Old 01-19-2011, 01:30 PM
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600.00 is a bargain-keeping in mind what the payoff might be for some poor soul who feels he is all alone.

Sleuthers, this is not a request for 600.00, as everyone knows we dont solicit funds here, but if I had some spare cash handy, boy...
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Mercyneal--I don't mean to come off an disrespectful but I grapple with dementia myself and thus would like to make a point. Dementia can affect a single part of the brain and could cause any number of unbiased neuros to sign Ayres off as having dementia. I was trying to make the point that Ayres could have known about this degenerative disorder for some time and drug his feet as much as possible to stave off proceedings.

You know that I fully believe the statements of the victims and think this guy is as slimy as they come but dementia is so much more complex than most people realize.

Do I think, knowing what I know, that he could stand trial?? Heck yes. But do I think that many neuros would diagnose degenerative dementia if they saw the markers of it? Most definitely. That leaves this almost at a "coin toss". He goes to trial or he doesn't. Given the fact that the defense has doctors lined up to testify, we all know what would happen if he was convicted. There would be an immediate appeal due to his "growing health issues" and the victims would be drug through yet another court proceeding.

It seems to never end for victims. He's making himself impossible to pin down....just as he has for decades.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:25 PM
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No, I wasn't soliciting funds at all!!!

But those who feel that the San Mateo DA's office mishandled the prosecution of the Ayres case and is not doing all they can to prosecute it: you do have standing to file a complaint with the California Bar. As Sleuthers who wrote to San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe last fall to complain will recall, their complaints were meant with complete silence.

Any citizen has standing to complain to the California Bar on this matter.

Complaint forms can be found here:

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/L...laintForm.aspx

You can complain about incompetent behavior; unethical behavior and inappropriate behavior. They will look at these complaints. You have my word on this.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:49 PM
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MissIzzy and everyone else who took the time out to write to DA Steve Wagstaffe and got no reply last fall:
According to the California Bar Association, ANYONE can file a complaint about a prosecutor or lawyer to the Bar. You don't have to be associated with the case. So by all means, those who were outraged last fall about this case should write to the California Bar. I have been assured that they will look at all of these complaints very carefully:

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/L...laintForm.aspx
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:29 PM
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I actually received a heartfelt reply from Mr. Wagstaffe...I guess I should fee special.
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There's no excuse for the Ayres case to drag on this long.

Case in point: the Blankenburg twins, both pediatricians in Ohio. Arrested in March 2009 on more than 70 counts of child molestation, possession of child porn and bribery to keep the boys they molested quiet. A ziilion times more complicated than the Ayres case. The state of Ohio managed to convict one twin just seven months after the arrest. The other pled guilty two months after that.
http://www.wlwt.com/r/21317837/detail.html

There are other cases of pedophile doctors who have been arrested and convicted since Ayres was arrested in 2007.


Some people are asking that the Ayres case be taken over by the Attorney General's office. We think that's a good idea.

Perhaps the San Mateo DA's office has been dragging its feet for fear of lawsuits against the County. Ayres had a contract with the courts for years, despite the fact that there were many molestation complaints against him.
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There's no excuse for the Ayres case to drag on this long.

Case in point: the Blankenburg twins, both pediatricians in Ohio. Arrested in March 2009 on more than 70 counts of child molestation, possession of child porn and bribery to keep the boys they molested quiet. A ziilion times more complicated than the Ayres case. The state of Ohio managed to convict one twin just seven months after the arrest. The other pled guilty two months after that.
http://www.wlwt.com/r/21317837/detail.html

There are other cases of pedophile doctors who have been arrested and convicted since Ayres was arrested in 2007.


Some people are asking that the Ayres case be taken over by the Attorney General's office. We think that's a good idea.

Perhaps the San Mateo DA's office has been dragging its feet for fear of lawsuits against the County. Ayres had a contract with the courts for years, despite the fact that there were many molestation complaints against him.
BBM-I absolutely believe this. 100%. Somewhere in that county there is a judge who had an inkling, other people involved in Social Services who had an inkling or even downright KNEW, and that is who San Mateo is protecting.

Re-victimizing the victims, protecting a known prolific pedophile...how is it possible to look in the mirror? Really???
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O/T But this is Mitch Garabedian's list:

http://www.garabedianlaw.com/results-victims-survivors/
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Thanks Believe09. May I remind people here that it was Mitch Garabedian who helped get the front page story on the Ayres case in the Boston Globe last year. He's looking for Boston victims, as are the Boston Police.
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Also, a reminder, we are told by the California Bar that ANYONE has standing to file complaints to the California Bar if they feel that there has been misconduct or incompetence or inappropriate conduct by the San Mateo DA's office in the Ayres case.

If you do file a complaint, you will need the following information

Case number: SC064366 AYRES, WILLIAM HAMILTON, filed 08-21-2007

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A poster named Catfish86 over at the Ayres thread at www.malesurvivor.org had this to say about filing complaints to the Bar about the San Mateo DA's (mis)handling of the case:
"The complaint with the bar is a viable avenue to file grievances. When filing stick to facts. One important factor is the failure to recuse when the court system and prosecution has had a concractual and ongoing relationship with the defendant with possibilty of liability if defendant is convicted."
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The going belief is that Ayres will never be retried for his crimes. In addition to not having the satisfaction of seeing Ayres behind bars, this is also troubling for the victims who have filed civil suits.

For those who believe that the San Mateo District Attorney's office has been incompetent, unethical and/or inappropriate on this case, in addition to the California Bar, you can also contact Cookie Ridolfi, Director of the Northern California Innocence Project. Ridolfi just came out with a study showing that prosecutorial misconduct in California is rampant and that prosecutors are seldom disciplined.

Rest assured that the Northern California Innocence Project is very aware of the Dr. William Ayres case.

Contact Ridolfi at: 408-554-4790.
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We have been informed that the new President of the California Bar is taking a keen interest in District Attorney's offices who "dump" cases they don't want to work on, or don't work hard on cases they hope they will never have to prosecute.

To quote a poster named Catfish86 over at www.malesurvivor.org, a key thing to consider is that if Ayres were convicted, San Mateo County would be open to a whole slew of lawsuits. When Juvenile Judge Marta Diaz worked in the DA's office as a prosecutor, she sent boys to Ayres.

Catfish says, "One important factor is the failure to recuse when the court system and prosecution has had a concractual and ongoing relationship with the defendant with possibilty of liability if defendant is convicted."
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Off topic but also related: Nina Salarno Ashford, the Crime Victims United lawyer who is representing the family who is suing the San Mateo District Attorney's office and Ayres prosecutor Melissa Mckowan for fraud and lying to a judge to get out of another child molestation case, is representing the family of the victim who was killed by a gang that included the son of a California politician. They are suing because just before he left office, Schwarzenegger reduced the sentence of the prisoner.

LA Times article:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,2267060.story
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I so get why the family is going after the state in that case. Imagine being told by a reporter that the accomplice to your son's murder was walking out because someone was scratching someone else's back. Shameful.

She should take on the 16 year old whose sentence was "reduced" to 25-life for shooting her former pimp.
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There's a news story out in a paper in San Mateo County today- the county where the Ayres trial took place. It talks about an FBI investigation. We have reason to believe the investigation has something to do with the San Mateo District Attorney's office:
http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=8288

When we say, "It has something to do with the San Mateo District Attorney's office" - we don't mean that the San Mateo DA's office is working with the FBI on this. That's all we're saying at this point.

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