In 2010, in their eye-opening report on Prosecutorial Misconduct in California, the Northern California Innocence Project singled out San Mateo prosecutor Al Giannini as one of the worst offenders of prosecutorial misconduct in the State of California. His misconduct has led to reversals or mistrials in three cases since 2009 - more than almost any other prosecutor in the state
Yet, now San Mateo DA Steve Wagtaffe is asking the Board of Supervisor to approve bringing on the just-retired Giannini to help prosecutor Melissa Mckowan - herself recently disciplined by the California Bar - to assist in the Ayres case. Shows what Wagstaffe thinks about the Ayres case: not much.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is asking county supervisors to approve rehiring a just-retired homicide prosecutor to aid in the trial of William Hamilton Ayres, the former prominent child psychologist whose prosecution for molesting former patients has stretched over several trials and led to a formal California State Bar reprimand of the primary attorney.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider Wagstaffe’s request for up to $83,241.60 to re-employ former deputy district attorney Al Giannini as second chair to prosecutor Melissa McKowan in the trial beginning May 13. The rate is equivalent to the hourly rate of his former position, according to Wagstaffe.