Molestation retrial ends in conviction for Menlo Park man
Original post made on Nov 22, 2013
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on Jan 25, 2014 at 7:42 am
Menlo Park child molester skips court sentencing, reported missing
By Bonnie Eslinger
Daily News Staff Writer
POSTED: 01/25/2014 03:00:00 AM PST
A 50-year-old Menlo Park man who was supposed to be sentenced Friday for child molestation failed to appear in court, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
What a disgrace all round, from the DA's office mishandling of the case to the judge.
There were THREE- count em- THREE trials.
The first one ended in a mistrial because the prosecutor, Melissa Mckowan, failed to turn over witness testimony to the defense.
The second ended in a mistrial.
How it is that this guy Teran was able to skip out of town?
What a disgrace. This case was mishandled at every stage by everyone involved.
on Jan 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm
[Portion removed - speculation.] Bail for three child molestation felonies, according to this Almanac story, was a mere $300,000 - easy enough for him to raise: a quick Google search shows he owns his home in the area. It was clearly a no-brainer for him to split with such a low bail.
Who set bail so low it was easy for him to flee? Who didn't lock him up pending sentencing? The perpetrator of this travesty is the judge, the dishonorable Lisa Novak. She ignored the fact that his denials and the conviction proved he is a bald-faced liar, that he was a huge flight risk, that h showed no remorse, and that our community does not approve of crimes with major victims, especially when they are young children.
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I have this question: do judges like Ms. Novak serve for life, or can they be replaced in a normal or recall election? Will you remember this case if/when she comes up for re-election?
on Jan 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm
California state judges (unlike federal) are not appointed for life, and are elected for terms of six years at the superior court level. HOWEVER, before you blame the judge, realize that if the prosecutor had not committed misconduct (refusing to turn over evidence to the defense), the first trial would not have been declared a mistrial and likely none of this would have happened.