LA prosecutor and radio show host: Steve Wagstaffe tried to retaliate against me for writing a piece that was critical of Ayres prosecutor
Original post made by Lurker on Sep 5, 2013
The guest hosts for the Labor Day show were Leo Terrell and Robin Sax. Journalist Victoria Balfour, who brought the Ayres case to the San Mateo PD, was a guest on the show. You can hear the 10 minute segment here:
Robin Sax , one of the hosts, is a former prosecutor in Los Angeles and currently works as a legal analyst for the Today Show.
Sax actually has some prior experience with the Ayres case, as she wrote an article in the Huffington Post in 2009 about Balfour being barred from access to the courtroom in the first Ayres criminal trial.
Sax recounted on this week's radio show about how bizarrely, San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe tried to retaliate against her for writing the opinion piece by calling up her then- boss, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley to try to get her disciplined for speaking out about the matter.
Sax was not disciplined for her opinion piece.
Sax talks about how odd it was that Wagstaffe would try to retaliate against her.
on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:22 am
The question is: will Wagstaffe call up Robin Sax's boss at KABC in Los Angeles and try to get her into trouble for talking about how he tried to retaliate against her?
on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:43 am
Wagstaffe has long tried to retaliate against anyone who has complained about any form of mistreatment.
Rumor is some deep pockets will be financing a real candidate to run against him this time.
There's also another bar complaint being investigated against Wagstaffe and McKowan now for violating prior orders of discipline. Expect much more serious discipline to get meted out this time, including against Wagstaffe directly.
on Sep 5, 2013 at 8:08 am
Here's the piece that Robin Sax wrote for the Huffington Post that was critical of the San Mateo DA's office in the Ayres case.
Pretty mild stuff. Truly bizarre that Wagstaffe would go to such great lengths to try to punish Sax for this.
Also given that a year earlier, Wagstaffe had permitted one of his prosecutors, Morris Maya, to write a very sharply critical opinion piece for the San Mateo Daily Journal about Senator Leland Yee's domestic violence bill, it seems hypocritical and thin-skinned of Wagstaffe to retaliate against Sax.