John William Smith Molestation Case is reported at the end. Around Town, posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jul 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm
This case was first reported today Monday July 16, 2012 by the Palo Alto Daily Post.
John William Smith age 48 represented by attorney Jeff Carr, He was charged with molesting his niece who was 7 yrs old at the time in 2003. She kept this a secret until 2011 when her mother was dying of cancer and she learned she might have to live with the suspect. As of noon today the jury had testimony read back to them and went back to deliberations.
Why is this the first news of this case, why wasn't San Mateo County informed of the arrest and the charges?
Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community, on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm
Is this case being tried in Santa Clara or San Mateo County? If the molestation didn't occur in San Mateo, why should they be informed of the charges? Who is John William Smith? What does he do and where does he live?
Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Lurker good questions, The case is in San Mateo County Courtroom 2D, the alleged crimes took place in the Menlo Park home which is in San Mateo County and Steve Wagstaffe's Office filed the charges. As of Friday the jury was stuck at 6-6
Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jul 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Lurker, You are correct again, I have googled his name and have checked at other papers archives and have found ZERO articles Not a word regarding this case.
Why was this case protected from the public? You and I both know that District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe feeds some reporters in the media stories he feels are newsworthy. I think this case was newsworthy, this SMC child only reported this as one tragic event was unfolding.