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Perjury counts against former deputy sheriff dismissed

Original post made on Feb 5, 2018

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has again dismissed some of the criminal charges by the District Attorney's Office against Juan Pablo Lopez, a former Sheriff's Office deputy and a 2014 write-in candidate for sheriff.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 5, 2018, 9:51 AM

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm

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San Mateo County's Political Prosecution coming up on 4 years of Abuse of Office.
As a Private Victim's Advocate I am proud to announce another Victory for former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez.

Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob is a Asset to the residents of San Mateo County, He doesn't support Prosecutorial Misconduct. He needs the residents of SMC to support him and his Honest efforts to have all Judges to be impartial.

That is what we " Those who Don't Matter" expect.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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The entire case should be tossed. It is so obviously retaliation for trying to run for sheriff. When will the people of SMC wake up and understand we have a corrupt DA in office?


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Posted by C'mon now
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Feb 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Same guys, same comments. Over and over and over and over. If this is so bad, why has there been no corrective action?

Or just a bunch of online noise...


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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 5, 2018 at 4:13 pm

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C'mon now: Don't be so naive. Who would take the "corrective action?" Not the District Attorney who tends to be vindictive when proven wrong.


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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm

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Holy cow! I didn't realize how many charges they had thrown at Lopez. And yet Luke Lonergan, the Ivy League educated Silicon Valley pioneer, who's been profiled in the Wall Street Journal who was arrested .in an interagency sting at SFO with massive quantities of child pornography from Russia, didn't even get his name in the paper when arrested- although other minorities arrested in the same sting were identified by the San Mateo DA's office. And he wasn't even charged with a felony- the first time that someone with that amount of child porn was not charged with a felony, according to Santa Clara Detective Dan Ichige, who was in charge of the sting.

Why did Wagstaffe hold a PRESS CONFERENCE to announce the charges agains Lopez, whose name is not well known to the public, but fail to notify the press about the arrest of Lonergan- a far more prominent citizen? Seems all out of whack and very fishy and weird

Mr. Serra. Lopez's attorney is doing an excellent job. This story should be going national.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2018 at 5:43 pm

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"If this is so bad, why has there been no corrective action?"

Really? Why do you think no action has been taken.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 6, 2018 at 3:49 am

Did Lopez correctly state his place of residence? Misrepresent financial documents? I thought he actually lived outside San Mateo County. Isn't truthfulness a requirement for a sheriff? Lopez certainly didn't avoid the appearance of misconduct, at the very least.

Obviously Greg Monk had trouble with truthfulness but the DA & SMC voters glossed over that. I'm not sure why Lopez is being seen as a victim of prosecutorial misconduct. Maybe SMC voters don't care about integrity & deserve what we'e gotten. Too bad.

Judge Novak has a good reputation. Serra's known more for courtroom (melo)drama rather than any incisive legal mind he may have had when he was younger. He's a showman who, for some, is fun to watch.


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Posted by Unbelievable
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 6, 2018 at 4:13 am

Dowtowner:

Corruption runs rampant in San Mateo County are incredibly naive if you think people in positions of power are being truthful.

See: DJW


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2018 at 6:41 am

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Downtowner asks: Did Lopez correctly state his place of residence? Yes he did

Misrepresent financial documents? Not according to Judge Ayoob

I thought he actually lived outside San Mateo County. Nope he owned two properties like many people he only voted out of one. I think our President owns more than one home only votes out of one.

Isn't truthfulness a requirement for a sheriff? Look at Operation Dollhouse for the answer to that.

Lopez certainly didn't avoid the appearance of misconduct, at the very least. Same could be said for Illegally Appointed
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, look to LVMPD Spokesperson Bill Cassell April 25, 2007


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Posted by What's going on here?
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 6, 2018 at 7:40 am

Seems to me that San Mateo County Justice system in 2018 = Alabama, circa 1959.


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Posted by Answer
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 6, 2018 at 8:51 am

Downtowner states: "I'm not sure why Lopez is being seen as a victim of prosecutorial misconduct."

One important event that colors the entire situation is that Wagstaffe also filed various charges against Lopez' girlfriend that were also dismissed. Even Wagstaffe's deputies weren't grousing over that dismissal. The Almanac doesn't like to report on that even though it obviously is connected to whether this entire prosecution is legitimate or a vendetta.


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Posted by What's going on here ?
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 6, 2018 at 9:24 am

"Answer" makes a good point. Distinct Attorney Steve Wagstaffe made a big point of also announcing the"charges" against Lopez's fiancé, Evelyn Chavez. The papers dutifully reported this:
Web Link

But I have seen no followup about the charges being dropped against her in the press. It is important news that should be covered


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 6, 2018 at 2:10 pm

@ Michael G. Stogner - Thank you for your answers.
I do take issue with any flexibility in the definition of residence as it applies to voting & office-holding eligibility. No matter how many properties are owned & used for investment, commercial, vacation, 2nd residence, etc., , only 1 is allowed for voting (& IRS) purposes. Web Link

Many locals own other homes in Tahoe, Palm Springs, Carmel, & out of state as well but they reside & vote in here, in their home counties & towns. Residing elsewhere but pretending to live in SMC in order to hold office here is dishonest. An SF supervisor had a similar problem a few years ago & was removed from office when it was discovered that he actually lived in, iirc, Alameda Co.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 6, 2018 at 5:04 pm

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Downtowner:

Lopez split his time between two homes as many people in this county do. He only voted from his San Mateo property. That is not dishonest and not a crime. This is prosecutorial misconduct and a pure vendetta by Wagstaff.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm

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Downtowner,

Juan P. Lopez has been registered to vote at his Redwood City property since 2012 2 years before the 2014 election.

Today in 2018 he still lives in the same property in San Mateo County.


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