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State Bar Disciplines San Mateo Prosecutor Melissa Mckowan a Second time

Original post made by Dick Tracy, Woodside: Woodside Hills, on Aug 14, 2017

The State Bar on its website has just filed notice that San Mateo prosecutor Melissa Mckowan has been publicly disciplined and put on probation. This is for statements she made in an email to the parent of an Ayres victim in 2013, just after she was disciplined by the State Bar for the first time.

The State Bar documents show that Wagstaffe has already suspended Mckowan once for a false statement she made about her actions on the Ayres case. At what point does he say, "Enough is enough?" Let us hope a reporter poses this question to him.

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Posted by Cumulation
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

The question I would like posed to Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti is: how many serial disciplines for dishonesty will it take for them to fire this problem prosecutor?

Will the Almanac ask this question point blank to Wagstaffe?

Or, alternatively, will it delete my post. Let's see.


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Victims and families as well as citizens from around the country who had read about the troubling misconduct on www. Websleuthscom wrote to the DA's office to complain in 2010. No response. As a result complaints were filed with the Bar. This is what happens when problems are allowed to fester. They only get worse.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

"The question I would like posed to Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti is: how many serial disciplines for dishonesty will it take for them to fire this problem prosecutor?"

Wagstaffe will do NOTHING until forced to. Just like other cases of law enforcement personnel that have committed crimes, Wagstaffe wouldn't charge them unless he had no other option. Even when he did, his office put up such a crappy prosecution nothing happened or his office dealt the charges away. Not to mention the case of an Atherton officer that was charged with theft for stealing golf clubs. AFTER he accused other Atherton officers of illegal activity. You go against law enforcement status quo in this county, you pay the price.

If the people of SMC want to be rid of the corruption of our county law enforcement community they need to not vote for the insiders. Remember, Guidotti will be running to replace Wagstaffe. Don't want to continue the status quo? Don't vote for her.

Bolanos will be running for reelection. He was caught in a whore house with Munks in Vegas and suffered ZERO consequences because he was among "those that matter." Don't want to continue the status quo? Don't vote for Bolanos.

Until the people of SMC wake up to the corruption in their county it will simply continue. Maybe they're ok with it. I'm NOT.


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Well said, Menlo . I was the person who contacted Jim Fox and Steve Wagstaffe in 2010 about false statements prosecutor Mckowan made about her actions to parents of Ayres victims and on a public blog. They never responded. Then three mothers of victims asked for a meeting with Wagstaffe about Mckowan. He passed them on to Karen Guidotti. In the meeting with Guidotti they told her that Mckowan had lied about contacting a doctor who had trained with Ayres at Yale when in fact she had not. Guidotti told them, " I wouldn't call it a lie. " So one of the mothers filed a Bar complaint. This was one of 2 complaints Mckowan was discplined for in 2913. It's on the Bar's website in the event the Almamanc is thinking of deleting this. After the meeting Guidotti sent me a letter telling me not to criticize Mckowan as it would accomplisjh nothing . In December 2010 I met with Renee Batti at the Almanac to talk about the Mckowan misconduct. That was SEVEN years ago! Why is Wagstaffe keeping on an employee who has been disciplined by the Bar TWICE? It's bizarre?


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

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"Why is Wagstaffe keeping on an employee who has been disciplined by the Bar TWICE? It's bizarre?"

It's not bizarre when you realize she's been a "loyal soldier". Wagstaffe will protect the "loyal" at all costs.


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Menlo: I don't get the impression that the prosecutor is a loyal soldier. Wagstaffe has had to put up with an extraordinary amount of bad press about her- beginning in 2010 when she was sued in that highly publicized case for violating Marcy's Law. There has been bad press about the Bar investigations into her since 2011. Attorney Robert Allard blasted her in Palo Lato Daily Post in 2012 for failing to notify the family of a molestation victim she'd done a plea with him. I know of no other San Mateo prosecutor who has been on the recieving end of such bad press. Wagstaffe doesn't seem to care if she doesn't do her job.Perhaps he puts her on cases he doesn't reallly want to win


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm

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Dick Tracy:

because she's been doing what Wagstaffe wants her to do.


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:48 am

San Mateo Daily Journal: " State Bar Settles Agai pinstripes Prosecutor" Web Link

No comment from Steve Wagstaffe. That may be a first


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:50 am

Darn autocorrect: "State Bar Settles Against Proecutor" Web Link


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Be sure to read the comments under the Daily Journal story:


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Posted by My opinions
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2017 at 6:16 pm

I generally agree with Menlo Voter. Wagstaffe is protecting McKowan through the normal government unaccountability etc. etc.

It's really too bad a victim ("DeepSounding") didn't want to post his very thoughtful comment here on Town Square and instead did so on the San Mateo Daily Journal. This may be because the Almanac has aggressively censored negative comments about Wagstaffe and the DA's office/sheriff's office/police in recent months.

I've made this argument before, and will try once again. This is directed to the Almanac. Wagstaffe does not require nor does he deserve protection from criticism from you. He holds the power to ruin people's lives, and is actively using that power against people like Juan Lopez and his girlfriend. They need the help of a free press a lot more than Wagstaffe does. Taking out the opinion territory of who the wrongdoer is, it's very objectively clear there is a huge power imbalance. Please stop the censorship.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Your use of the word "censorship" indicates you want this forum to be a free-for-all, much like some online sites that permit disrespectful, irresponsible and inflammatory speech. Read the Almanac's terms of use for Town Square

Web Link

and if those terms are not to your liking, stop posting here.]


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm

To "My Opinions." I know Deep Sounding- an Ayres victim who runs the Ayres blog . In the past he has posted comments about the Ayres case and the DA's office on the Almanac. He told me that the Almanac had deleted some of his comments , and that he was upset by this. He had never been censured anywhere else. That is why he posted on the Daily Journal and won't come back to the Almanac. Too bad. The guy knows the Ayres case and the misconduct backwards and forwards, better than anyone. In fact, if the Mckowan case had gone to trial with the California State Bar Supreme Court,Deep Sounding was slated to be a witness for the Bar.

Your comments about the Almanac's censorship, which in this day and age, are beyond unreasonable, are spot on.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Your use of the word "censorship" indicates you want this forum to be a free-for-all, much like some online sites that permit disrespectful, irresponsible and inflammatory speech. Read the Almanac's terms of use for Town Square

Web Link

and if those terms are not to your liking, stop posting here.]


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Call it what you want, in April before the 17th court date I submitted 2 blogs on the Almanac to simply notify the public about the court case for DDA Melissa McKowan. They included the State Bar website. Richard Hine refused to allow it to be published.

Just a Fact.


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Posted by Dick Tracy
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

[Post removed. Stop your attacks or stop posting at this site. Your choice.]


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