Judge charged with DUI

By Dennis Culver, Bay City News Service

A San Mateo County judge is a facing a DUI charge following a May arrest, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Judge Joseph Scott, 63, is the county's assistant presiding judge.

Wagstaffe said Scott was stopped May 24 around 12:30 a.m. when officers saw his vehicle weaving on northbound U.S. 101 in Redwood City.

Wagstaffe said Scott failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level of .12, higher than the .08 legal limit.

Scott has a court date scheduled for Aug. 5.


Posted by pearl, a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

DA Steve Wagstaffe needs to recuse himself from this case, which should be investigated and prosecuted by an outside agency.

Posted by Holly L., a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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The state attorney general can take the case.

Posted by whatever, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

The judge is human just like everyone else and should be treated fairly and no differently than you or me within the legal system and the media.ykQef

Posted by pearl, a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

TO WHATEVER: And, he won't be treated differently if his case is investigated by an IMPARTIAL OUTSIDE AGENCY. There's no way his case can be objectively investigated and reviewed here in San Mateo County, as all the SMCO Judges are friends with all the SMCO District Attorneys, and vice versa, thus making impartiality here in San Mateo County, in this case, impossible. The SMCO Judges and SMCO DA's have to work closely together all the time on various matters; they are business friends; there's no way the SMCO DA can impartially investigate/prosecute any SMCO Judge under the circumstances. The SMCO Judge is entitled to an IMPARTIAL review of his case; thus, the reason to have his case reviewed by an IMPARTIAL OUTSIDE AGENCY with no affiliations with San Mateo County.

Posted by George Lacon, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm


If you want the judge to be treated no differently than you or me within the legal system and the media, then the legal system and the media should have given him the same treatment that they gave to Velasco (and similar to how everyone else is treated:

They should have immediately locked him up and not let him out of jail until the following week when his initial plea was established and $50K bail was surrendered. The press should have been notified of details by the DA so that they could immediately report his name and BAC, along with any and all embarrassing details of his arrest could also be publicized, as the did with Velasco, and as with Velasco, the press should be free to make assumptions and spin those details into any yarn that they (the prosecutor and press) can get the public to buy, like detailing how he threw up "all over the back of the seat" of the police car, leaving up to the public to assume that it was because he was so incredibly drunk, rather than that perhaps he was freaked out to be locked in the back of a police vehicle.

In all honesty I agree with you. The judge should be treated just like everyone else. And when his employer found out that he wouldn't make it in to work because he was in jail, he should be treated the same way as all of us would have by our employer.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and the Redwood City Police Department knew about the .12% on May 24, 2014, yet it took 14 days and one lone reporter named Angela Ruggiero to find it. It did not come from the PD or DA's office.
Also SMC just had an election with Judges, there were 2 who were endorsed by almost all Judges and many of the DA's office including Police……they both won.

Posted by Holly L., a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 14, 2014 at 3:28 am

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George Lacon,

Your comments comparing the special treatment DA Wagstaffe gave Judge Scott as opposed to the case of poor Jimmy Valesco, is spot on.

Not only did Wagstaffe put the Velasco DUI case on his press list within a few days of the incident but then in an undignified gossipy manner unbecoming for a DA, attempted to make it into to a cute little colorful story about Jimmy saying he was a little drunk and throwing up.

As Wagstaffe has already been sent a warning by the Bar about lying to the press about the facts of a minority's case- (Almanac- you have had the official Bar document for seven months now) what's not to say our DA didn't exaggerate the details of Velasco's DUI?

One set of rules for the press for minorities and another for people like Judge Scott.

Remember, it was a minority -an African American -who got the Bar to warn Wagstaffe about lying to the press about a case.

Original thread on Bar warning on Wagstaffe here: Web Link

And Almanac : do the right thing and credit the Palo Alto Daily Post with breaking the story. In journalistic circles, this is what a news organization is supposed to do. You are doing the public no favors by not reporting on how this story came to light - with no help originally from the DA or the Redwood City police.

Posted by Exhausted by the rants, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

Holly L., Your comments might be taken more seriously if you weren't such a scold. You use -- some might say abuse -- the Almanac forum to talk about things that might be true and worth public disclosure, but you never miss an opportunity to trash the very people who are giving you the chance to get on your soapbox. This is strange behavior that diminishes your credibility, to say the least.

And on the subject of the Almanac crediting the Post, I don't remember seeing your comments excoriating the Post for trying to steal credit from the Almanac when the Almanac broke the story of the police officer busted with a hooker during work hours. Did the Post convince even you that they broke the story? Why weren't you trashing the Post for its deception an its refusal to credit the Almanac? Did you post scolding comments on the Post's online forum? Oh, I forgot, the Post doesn't HAVE an online forum.

Posted by Courtesy, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

The Post never, ever credits another publication for a story. Instead, as Exhausted points out, they take every chance to present the work as their own. So, no, they haven't earned the professional courtesy that they don't bother to extend to anyone else.

Posted by Holly L., a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

But when the Post broke the story about officer Troy Smith, who beat up his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend so badly that the victim had to have surgery on his eye-socket, none of the papers who picked up the story credited the Post.

All of the papers- the Post, Daily Journal and the County Times all need to start giving credit to each other when a story is broken. That is standard practice by all news organizations around the country when a news organization breaks a story that was either hidden or covered up by a government entity. It's pretty shocking that they don't.

The Post so far has been one of the few papers that has at least dared to ask the DA's office why it leaves off big cases like the Judge Scott case; the officer Troy Smith case and the Luke Lonergan case off the press list. They did it in the Luke Lonergan child porn case. They did it in the Troy Smith case.

As for the person who is offended by my "rants" or others, you might want to get off your lofty perch and lose your sardonic, holier-than-thou mocking tone and do some of your own research on this matter. You may not like my attacks, but I've done my homework and can back them up with evidence. You sound like the same person who tried to change the subject on a Judge Scott by posting another news story, and then criticizing the posters who posted on their thread for their writing style. .

If you don't like this thread or what people are saying on it, then don't read it. There are plenty of other threads at the Almanac for you to peruse.

Posted by pearl, a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

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TO HOLLY: Thanks for your research and information. Much appreciated. ; )

Posted by Exhausted by the rants, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Holly, It's not your homework and information I'm exhausted by (if it can indeed be backed up by evidence, and I have no reason to believe otherwise). It's your incessant attacks on the Almanac -- in spite of the fact that you're using the Almanac's site to get your messages out to the public. And, you're trashing your host for not doing something that your heroes at the Post NEVER do -- credit other newspapers for reporting a story first. Don't you get how contradictory and annoying that is?

If I may spin off on your words, if you don't like the Almanac, there are plenty of other newspapers offering online forums for you to rant on.

Posted by Holly L. , a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

[Post removed; don't speculate about the identity of other posters, and stick to the subject.]

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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Don't forget it wasn't that long ago that the San Mateo Daily Journal KILLED the Community Forum, which was an excellent format for citizens to communicate to each other. I can appreciate where Exhausted and Courtesy are coming from about Dave Price all this credit, I have not found him to be that honest.Here is one of my favorite especially since they did this story which is a story about law enforcement hiding an arrest from the public.

May 23, 2014
Palo Alto Daily Post Editor Dave Price

His opponent Michael Stogner, a perennial candidate, offers nothing new in this race. Just more conspiracy theories about corruption and evil-doing by law enforcement. In no way would Stogner be a responsible choice for the board of Supervisors.

Had he ever met with me or gone to StognerforSupervisor2014 we could have discussed Prosecutorial Misconduct, and my concern for citizens being killed by law enforcement, as I spoke about on Radio 1010AM June 2, 2014 the day before 18 year old Yanari Serrano of Half Moon Bay was killed by a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy 20 seconds after his arrival to her house.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

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This is how it works for those who don't matter. which is almost all of us.

DUI patrols net two arrests in Burlingame
Bay City News Service

POSTED: 06/15/2014 06:33:42 AM PDT1 COMMENT
UPDATED: 06/15/2014 06:33:50 AM PDT

BURLINGAME -- Saturday multi-agency DUI patrols in Burlingame netted two arrests, law enforcement officials said.

The South San Francisco Police Department, the Pacifica Police Department, the San Bruno Police Department, and the Burlingame Police Department conducted the patrols.

Ciro Amore, 31, of Las Vegas, and Yiven Gomez, 57, of Daly City were arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to law enforcement officials.

Forty-five vehicles were stopped and screened and five drivers were administered sobriety tests during the saturation patrols.

Posted by JulieToo, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

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From The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors' Website, as of June 16, 2014.

According to their website statement, this is what they are committed to:

"We are committed to:

The highest standards of public service;
A common vision of responsiveness;
The highest standards of ethical conduct;
Treating people with respect and dignity."

The highest standards of public service?

The highest standards of ethical conduct?

People know these two standards were not met, just checking the lapse in time from Judge Scott's arrest for his alleged DUI and the date when the public was informed.

There should be an investigation into what happened and who was responsible.

I don't know whose responsibility that is in County Government Offices.

The voting, tax paying residents of San Mateo County deserve nothing less.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

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The 5 Supervisors are responsible.

The board of supervisors shall supervise the official conduct of all county officers, and officers of all districts and
other subdivisions of the county, and particularly insofar as the functions and duties of such county officers and officers of all districts and subdivisions of the county relate to the assessing, collecting, safekeeping, management, or disbursement of public funds. It shall see that they faithfully perform their duties, direct prosecutions for delinquencies, and when necessary, require them to renew their official bond, make reports and present their books and accounts for inspection.

This section shall not be construed to affect the independent and constitutionally and statutorily designated investigative and prosecutorial functions of the sheriff and district attorney of a county. The board of supervisors shall not obstruct the investigative function of the sheriff of the county nor shall it obstruct the investigative and prosecutorial function of the district attorney of a county.

Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the budgetary authority of the board of supervisors over the district attorney or sheriff.

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