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Deputy DA again facing state bar sanctions over alleged dishonesty

Original post made on May 22, 2017

Melissa McKowan, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney and the subject of a March 2013 sanction by the state bar over dishonesty in connection with the prosecution of psychiatrist and convicted child molester Dr. William Ayres, is again facing sanctions by the state bar over a charge of dishonesty.

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Posted by mpcitizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

mpcitizen is a registered user.

"no bases whatsoever"? where is the (sic) here?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

What do you do when you have an employee who is dishonest. You call them in and see if you can get them back on track, explain the job to them, make sure they understand the importance of honesty when you have the authority to prosecute citizens. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and Deputy Chief Karen Guidotti investigated the original allegations and determined a 3 day suspension without pay was appropriate for those allegations. They did not refer to the Attorney General the facts that Melissa McKowan was dishonest in her responses to Karen Guidotti during her investigation. That was a Free Pass.
Now we have the State Bar again filing charges, 2 counts of Dishonesty the same subject as before so it looks like the 3 day suspension without pay didn't make much impact, because the alleged action happened just 60 days after she was suspended.
April 17, 2017 was the first Court Hearing in San Francisco,
The response that was filed by Melissa KcKowan in 2017 was Dishonest, what a surprise, She has never been given the help she needs. I don't know how you fix dishonest.

Melissa McKowan should not be employed by San Mateo County, and should be disbarred.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

She'll skate. Welcome to San Mateo County


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2017 at 10:46 pm

I'm so disgusted hearing time and time again about misconduct with the SMC DA and law enforcement. It all seems to get swept under the rug. Hold the people at the top responsible, as Michael G Stogner said, it was up to them to appropriately discipline this LIAR and they did not.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

Every single case that SMCDDA Melissa McKowan has been involved in since 2010 should be reviewed.

How many peoples lives have been negatively impacted (Prison) by this SMC Employee.


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Posted by Holly L
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on May 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Has the Almanac looked into the other cases of Mckowan's that members of the public have brought to the attention of the DA, and yet nothing was done? In April 2012 attorney Robert Allsrd blasted Mckowan to the press for failing to notify the victim of pedophile Scott Mckibbin that she had done a plea deal with him. In 2010 Mckowan was sued for violating Marsy's Law, the victims rights law by the family of victim after she failed to tell them she was dropping the case. Their complaints to Wagstafffe and Fox were ignored, which is why they filed a lawsuit. Major, major problem in the DA's office which will not be resolved until the press holds them accountable


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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on Jun 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Let's hope the Almanac attends the trial on July 5 in San Francisco. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said he might be a witness. What witnesses does the California Bar have lined up to testify against Mckowan? When was the last time a San Mateo prosecutor went to trial for committing misconduct? Should be interesting!


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