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POSITION PAPER: PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT, BY MICHAEL G. STOGNER, CANDIDATE FOR SUPERVISOR District 3

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner on May 1, 2014

When San Mateo County's two top law enforcement officials, Sheriff Greg Munks, and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos, were caught and detained as CUSTOMERS in an FBI Sting called Operation Dollhouse which involved Human Trafficking and underage sex slavery in a house in Nevada back in 2007, our District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe did not denounce this heinous behavior.

He wouldn't even hold his tongue.  Instead, he praised Munks and Bolanos:

Steve Wagstaffe e-mail sent 4/25/07 10:20 AM

Greg and Carlos
Just a quick word of support from me as you go through a difficult time.
To those who matter, your decades of outstanding work in law enforcement
are all that count and your integrity is not the slightest marked by the
modern media's efforts to make a story out of a non-story. Hard as it is
to think it now, remember it will be yesterday's news and irrelevant by
tomorrow.

My positive thoughts are out there for both of you.
Steve

4/25/2007 4:49 PM Greg Munks to Steve Wagstaffe

"thanks Steve.."

In response, Munks wrote: "Steve, I really appreciate your words of
support.... I've heard you took some heat for them and I apologize. I won't forget the fact that you were there early."

This is prosecutorial misconduct.  I have long advocated a system of checks and balances in San Mateo County to keep officials like Wagstaffe honest.  This includes a whistleblower's hotline and a County ombudsman reporting to a citizen's oversight board.

I don't know about you, but the Wagstaffe e-mail makes me sick to this day.  "To those who matter".  One thing I am certain of, he didn't mean the San Mateo County taxpayer when referring to people who matter.

Why is this happening in San Mateo County, in the middle of Silicon Valley and all of the wealth and education here?  This behavior would be inconceivable in neighboring Santa Clara County, where the D.A. Jeff Rosen at least puts on the appearance of trying to hold law enforcement to the same standards as ordinary citizens.

This all goes back to corruption in San Mateo County.  It's not the rantings of some fanatics.  Our own County museum has an exhibition on it.

It is a shame no one is running against Wagstaffe.  We need to shake up the way this County is run.  I intend to do so if I earn a supervisor's seat.  Public employees need to be accountable to you, the voters, not to each other.  There needs to be an end to the arrogance that San Mateo County officials can literally do anything they want and get away with
it.

Unfortunately the press here in San Mateo County has been too apathetic.
  The two top Sheriffs get caught in a Human Traffick sex house, and the D.A.
praises them for it.  And they continue to run unopposed to this day.

What is Don Horsley's position on this?  Does he think this is a problem?

Unbelievable.  It needs to change.

Michael G. Stogner.

Comments (9)

Posted by Good job!, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

GREAT statement, Mr. Stogner.

I would like to know what Board Supervisor Dave Pine's position is on this as well.

Rep. Jackie Speiers initially denounced Munks back in 2007. But then she kinda disappeared. She's been too busy trying to make a national name for herself with sexual assaults in the military. While that is an important issue, Ms. Speier would be advised to get out in front of the honorific corruption in the San Mateo DA's office before it goes national.

Both Speier and her chief of staff in DC have been personally apprised of the misconduct. What are they waiting for?


Posted by Good job!, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Mr. Stogner:

Has Deputy Sheriff Juan Lopez made a public statement about the Wagstaffe/ Munks/Bolanos issue?


Posted by Stogner Stampede, a resident of another community
on May 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Where's Horsley on these issues? Is he going to debate Stogner?

Or is he kicking back with his union benefactors counting on the system "working" for him, to prevent a candidate seeking change?

Wake up, people.


Posted by Good job! , a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Mr. Stogner should dig up Jackie Speier.'s statements about the Munks scandals. God knows Cookab Hashemi, her Chief of Staff in DC has received a number of complaints about Wagstaffe and his staff's misconduct on a number of cases.

I hope that Horsley and Stogner debate.


Posted by Good job!, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

From the Atherton Almanac, April 30,2008: "Sheriff's Detainment Could Prompt New County Policies"

Web Link
Excerpt:

"In recent stories in the San Mateo County Times and San Mateo Daily News, Rep. Jackie Speier -D-Hillsborough and Rep. Anna Eshoo-D-Menlo a Park-both former county supervisors- BLASTED the sheriff's unwillingness to answer questions about his detainment , and criticized supervisors to investigate the matter."

The electorate needs be informed. So many people who work for Facebook, etc have moved into the county since this happened and they know nothing about it. They would be outraged if they knew.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on May 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Here is a current case that should be considered by the residents of San Mateo County.
SamTrans Fraud allegations

Ling La and David Ramirez both former whistleblower/accountants at SamTrans and both have reported criminal acts to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe's Office 11 months ago.

I thought it should take a competent and efficient District Attorney Office about 5 days to determine if the Felony allegations were true and if not close the investigation. I had the privilege of meeting and asking Santa Clara Sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen how many days he thought it should take, Answer 3 days. I also asked San Mateo County's Sheriff Write In candidate Juan Lopez the same question and he answered 3 days. Both of those men have years of experience in investigating crimes I don't.

1 week or 11 months what is going on?


Posted by An outrage, a resident of Woodside: other
on May 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Wagstaffe dragged out a molestation case involving a male Menlo College student and twin six year old boys. The only paper that reported on it was the Palo Alto Daily News.

In the beginning, Wagstaffe told the mother of the twins that he "felt so strongly about the case" that he was considering trying the case himself. The he did nothing... For seven months. The mother finally contacted the Attorney General's office so as to force Wagstaffe to give them an answer as to whether they were going to go forward . The Almanac reporters have been furnished with the details as to what happened next but so far no story is forthcoming.

Think goodness the mother is a real fighter, like Ling La, and this case is not going away, either.


Posted by Darlene Flaim, a resident of another community
on May 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Thank you for this information. Wagstaffe is no friend to the citizens in San Mateo County, especially the elderly and disabled. He refused to criminally prosecute a paid caregiver who stole over $175K from the Estate of a quadriplegic who died at the hands of the caregiver. And the caregiver was being paid with SM county funds through IHSS to provide care while collecting unemployment at the same time! The family did all the hard work gathering the evidence and provided the DA with copies of medical records proving neglect, bank records showing on line direct transfers of funds straight into the caregiver's bank accounts and tons of other evidence! But because we didn't discover the abuse until after he died, he refused to prosecute claiming is was "he said" "she said" and "he" was dead. So disrespectful and unprofessional. IMO Wagstaffe and the entire DA's office should be investigated by the Attorney General for prosecutorial misconduct. And your are right....the Santa Clara County's DA's record is far more impressive; he actually cares about and acts to protect his constiuents and their families!


Posted by Clarification, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I believe Wagstaffe assigned prosecutor Melissa Mckowan to this case that Darlene Flaim is referring to. As has been reported here and elsewhere, Mckowan was disciplined by the California Bar a YEAR ago for making false statements about her actions on the Ayres case.

The questions is: WHY is she still working for Wagstaffe? If she had been working for Santa Clara DA Jeff Rosen, she would have been given the boot a long time ago.

Is anyone in the San Mateo County press going to do an audit into the practices of Wagstaffe?


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