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on May 16, 2013
Wow, Great News Lurker thanks for keeping us posted.
He plead no contest to 8 felony counts, August 6, 2013 sentencing date, until then he is as free as a bird.
It's too bad the judge didn't immediately remand him into custody.
Well said Menlo Voter,
I don't have a clue as to how that happened, I don't know if they are hoping he will take care of himself during this time period. If he wasn't suicidal before this might push him over the edge, time will tell.
Yes, thanks to Lurker for keeping us in the loop. And yes again, I wish he'd been remanded.
from what I've seen of his behavior, he is a classic sociopath/psychopath. He doesn't think he did anything wrong. He has no remorse. Any hope he might off himself is ill-founded. Too bad. Of course, if they stick him in the general population in prison, they'll take care of him. Thieves may have no honor, but none of them can stand a child molester. If he doesn't serve his time in protective custody, he'll be dead inside of year. Hope so anyway. Nothing worse than a child molester.
I'm reminded of what John Boehner said yesterday. The question isn't what Ayers is going to do now, or when he'll go to jail. The question is when Stephen Wagstaffe and Melissa McKowan will be arrested/prosecuted/imprisoned or at least step down for intentionally trying to sabotage this prosecution for years. It was only when victim's advocate Victoria Balfour made that impossible did Wagstaffe go through the motions to prosecute Ayres.
Now the civil lawsuits against San Mateo County will start, what Wagstaffe was trying so desperately to prevent.
Why he made this plea doesn't quite make sense, unless it was simply to save money on his defense costs.
SF Gate article:
After news stories came out that prosecutor Melissa Mckowan was disciplined by the California Bar for lying about her actions on the case to the CRIME VICTIMS and their families, the Board of Supervisors read Wagstaffe the riot act about her..
That's when Wagstaffe caved to pressure and put on the two other prosecutors. But he put on Al Giannini, who has been singled out as one of the biggest offenders of prosecutorial misconduct in the state of California.
One concern: Ayres has been free for years. Why not remand him immediately to jail? Who's to say what will happen between now and August 6, the sentencing date?
Mercury News story today: Web Link
Too many victims committed suicide during the six years between the time that Ayres was arrested and his plea yesterday.
One of them ran headlong into traffic on a freeway in Los Angeles in August 2011 and was killed instantly. This was just before the DA refused to consider the evidence of a private investigator hired by families that Ayres was competent to stand trial.
Another victim who had come forward in 2004, before Ayres was arrested, finally gave up hope that he would ever be convicted and died in February 2011 at age 44.
There are many more like these men out there, with tragic endings. They might still be alive today had the DA's office gotten its act together sooner.
What I don't understand it why no one has tried Judge Beth Labson Freeman to this - she has been nominated by Obama to be a federal judge. She was San Mateo County Deputy County Counsel at the time the complaints started surely she knew something and still presided over the trial which ended in a mistrial then all of a sudden at the same time she was being considered Ayres pleads.... This needs to be looked into.
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