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Jury trial for former sheriff's deputy, candidate postponed to Nov. 12

Original post made on Oct 15, 2019

Juan Pablo Lopez, a former deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, was granted a postponement of a jury trial on charges of election, real estate and insurance fraud at an Oct. 11 hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 8:44 AM

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Dear sir,
I’m not sure where you are getting your information from, but I’ve been present for almost every court hearing since this all started. Let’s start with the continuation of the court date. I have been present every time the counsel for Lopez has attempted to compel discovery and it was represented that it was all given. Over and over again, lists of items were requested and the court allowed the DA’s office to say they have given it. In September the DDA Bryan Abanto was replaced and mysteriously the defense team was given much discovery at the last minute, expecting the defense to go through it all in a very short period of time. There is still much outstanding discovery and the defense was told they could come in to get it on the last court date. As a spectator in the audience, I could not believe this was allowed to occur in a courtroom.

As for the other case you spoke about, you should look at the last motion for dismissal filed and you’ll find the reason. Simply, perjury, hearsay and civil rights violations were allowed to happen and the DA’s office did nothing to correct it. I have been present when this misconduct takes place and I cannot believe this is allowed to occur in a courtroom.

As a reporter you can asked for filed motions at the courthouse and you may be surprised. Don’t just take people’s statements and write a story, you may want to fact check what you are being told.


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Posted by Phew
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Turns out, according to Wagstaffe, Juan Lopez will not be going to prison for running against Munks and Bolanos in a democratic election. Just his life ruined. Good to know.


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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 16, 2019 at 10:11 am

I guess a trial is going to determine if he is guilty or not. It seems like a pretty straight forward issue. Was he a resident of San Mateo County when he filled to run for Sheriff? Can he prove he lived here or did he lie? Same goes for the Real Estate Loan, did he take it out with false information?

If guilty of these then he should serve time. Officers should be help to a higher standard and the punishment for violating the law (felonies at least) should at least be as much as a non law enforcement officer.


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Posted by Phew
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

You're over simplifying the issue. For example, if the DA decided to only prosecute black people for jaywalking, the analogous argument you would be making is "but they jaywalked". However, that would be an unconstitutional act on his part. Do you agree?

Most of the time, Wagstaffe is making sure law enforcement officers who actually do bad stuff don't get held accountable. Bad stuff like killing people walking down a street.

In my opinion, and no offense meant, but if this newspaper were actually trying to practice journalism here, they would be asking Wagstaffe how many prosecutions his office has made in the last ten years for the type of "crimes" this has now been whittled down to. If Lopez is the only one, the question should be asked, why? That question should be asked because if this is retaliation for running against "made" guys Bolanos/Munks, that's a terrifying precedent to set.

What are the actual answers to these questions?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2019 at 11:23 am

From the Transcripts between San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector Jordan Boyd and Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez dated August 3, 2014.

Boyd: Specially I knew you applied for the refinance mhm last year, And you applied as owner occupied.
How would Boyd have known that. He is just know issuing the Search Warrants. That information was stolen from Juan's car at his Redwood City Residence earlier.

Boyd: We have obtained a search warrant uh for for you. I need to get your cell phone from you. I need to get your drivers license from you.

Boyd: I'm going to give you a receipt for the licenses.

Boyd: Yeah, All right uh, last thing Juan is your driver's license is, I'm not sure knew is suspended.
How did Inspector know by holding Deputy Lopez's license that it was suspended.

Boyd: It shows a failure to appear.

Boyd A traffic citation. Evidently, they mailed you a notice to and he identifies Deputy Lopez's residence in Redwood City.

Boyd: Ok, What I have to do is a DL310 here notifying you that your license is suspended.

Just last week I asked D.A. Wagstaffe if the SMC Sheriff Sergeant who was arrested for a DUI had his California Drivers License removed and he said that the District Attorney's Office doesn't handle DMV Business.


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Posted by which crooked cop is this?
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Is this the guy who was part of the conspiracy to get cell phones to gang members while inmates?

[Editor's note: Lopez was accused of smuggling cellphones to prisoners in county jail. The charges were dropped on Dec. 1, 2017.]


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 16, 2019 at 5:47 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

The "crooked cop" in this case is our corrupt DA.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2019 at 8:18 am

Some of the readers will remember I reported the Hacking of California DMV Computers to the Attorney's Office, The Board of Supervisors and the District Attorney's Office

How would San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector Jordon Boyd know that Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez's Drivers License was suspended by just holding it. What business is it of the D.A. Office to enforce DMV issues. According to Steve Wagstaffe None they don't do that. Tell that to Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez he was without a car for about 4 months and $5K legal fees and transportation to L.A. where the ticket issuing Officers both said "that's not the Juan Lopez we gave a ticket to."

When the District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Office uses their authority and ability as a Weapon. That is criminal.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm


The San Mateo County D.A.'s office waited 5 years to give this to the defense.
November 12th seems way too soon for the defense .


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Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2019 at 9:49 am

I would like to know when retired Deputy Sheriff Lopez went to L.A. how many police officers said this is not the person we stopped. Am I correct in stating the San Mateo County D.A.'s office would not let him see the copy of the ticket ?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

Mark asked "I would like to know when retired Deputy Sheriff Lopez went to L.A. how many police officers said this is not the person we stopped. Am I correct in stating the San Mateo County D.A.'s office would not let him see the copy of the ticket ?"

First answer is Two Police Officers.

Second answer is No you are not correct, San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector Jordan Boyd did not have a copy of the alleged ticket himself so there was nothing to show Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez. He just happened to know all of this information about the DMV's business before Deputy Lopez handed him his DL. Special talent.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on Oct 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for correcting me on the ticket information, very interesting the D.A.'s office had all of the DMV's details.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2019 at 11:21 am

Yesterday SMCDA Inspector Jordan Boyd was to take the witness stand to testify under oath that he did not record any of the 49 witnesses he interviewed. He has already lied under oath before saying the exact same thing about a phone interview with Juan's sister Irma. Only later per Karen Guidotti e-mail to me confirming she had listened to the recording.

After about 1 hour of delay the Judge announced the the DA's office has offered Mr. Lopez a plea, No prison time, etc.
That's 5 years and no plea offering until Boyd was to be on the stand.

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Posted by Glenn King
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:02 pm

5 years and y'all still tilting at windmills'for this [portion removed; Lopez hasn't had his day in court] cop?


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

How would you like to be jerked around by the DA for FIVE YEARS?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2019 at 8:23 am

Today SSF Court 1:30 PM
Juan P. Lopez and his attorneys will inform the court of his response to the District Attorney's Plea Offer of No Prison Time if he pleads guilty to the charges that came from the Backpack stolen from his car at his Redwood City Condo. That theft was reported to the Sheriff's Office that evening.

SMCDA Inspector Kevin Raffaelli testified he has used the word Backpack as a Metaphor many times in criminal investigations. When he was asked would it show up in any of his other criminal investigations or notes/memos?

His response was " I don't know, would it"


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2019 at 5:11 pm

Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez said the exact same thing he has said for 5 years now. Lets go to trial.

November 12, 2019
Redwood City Courthouse
9:00AM


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

The DA doesn't want to go to trial because it is going to be very public that this has been nothing more than a vendetta. It will be right there in the public record that the DA has nothing and never stood a chance of convicting Lopez. A judge already tossed half the charges against Lopez.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2019 at 8:39 am

I notified by e-mail 23 reporters and editors of this Important Court Case, Date/Story about San Mateo County. I drove up from Monterey County to attend. Zero is the number of other reporters who attended, no surprise there.


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Posted by 4th Estate
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Nov 7, 2019 at 10:34 am

"is the number of other reporters who attended"

For whom are you a reporter?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2019 at 1:03 pm

4th Estate asked: For whom are you a reporter?

I'm co-owner of San Mateo County News.com for all residents of SMC
Web Link

I just have to say this might be the must important and exciting criminal case in San Mateo County History. I have never seen a case involving more Brady Officers both from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office. This all starts next week with Jury selection.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

Today 9:00 AM Redwood City Courthouse at 400 County Center Building.

Outrageous Government Conduct case. This is the most exciting case in San Mateo County History IMHO.

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Posted by Keep us posted!
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 12, 2019 at 8:23 am

Keep us posted, Michael Stogner.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2019 at 9:47 am

Update Juan P. Lopez case today 2:00PM Courtroom 8-C 400 County Center Building.


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Posted by K T Knews
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Nov 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

So more of a website owner or a blogger, than a reporter?

Some world class hyperbole though - well done: "the must important and exciting criminal case in San Mateo County History"


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Posted by K T Knews
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Nov 12, 2019 at 10:27 am

Interesting questions and answers. So the frequent poster is more of a website owner or a blogger, than a reporter?

Some world class hyperbole though, worthy of tabloids: "the must important and exciting criminal case in San Mateo County History"

More exciting than the old Flood cases? The slave-in-a-box? Scott Peterson? The first repressed memory case? The various divorces, trusts and inheritances cases? Those sold a lot of newspapers, tabloid and other, "exciting"-wise.

Given that, one can still look forward to your posts, at least for comparative purposes.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Most exciting IMHO I said how many cases can you site with so many Brady Officers going to testify.
SMCDA Inspector Supervisor William Massey to testify why he tried to get Juan Lopez's girlfriend fired twice.
SMCDA Inspector Kevin Raffaelli testified he uses the word BACKPACK all the time as a Metaphor . It just so happens he told Juan's Investigative partner that "We already have the information from the BACKPACK.

The BACKPACK was stolen from Juan's car from his Redwood City Condo Garage about 2 weeks after he filed papers to run as a Write In Candidate for Sheriff. Several charges are for the information stolen in the BACKPACK.

Has the San Mateo County Sheriff Gang Task Force ever Stolen anything from a suspect's car. Sgt Jason Peardon will have a chance to testify about that subject. Has SMCDA Inspector Draper ever testified that he ordered the Gang Task Force to Break Into a car without a warrant?


Next Court Date is November 18, 2019 2:00PM

To K.T. News I'd be thrilled if you could find one of the 7 print media reporters to cover this case. I notified all of them well in advance and for some reason they chose not to show up or write about it. There choice, Same thing happened with the dUI arrest of SMCSO Sergeant Lou Aquino 9/14/2019


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2019 at 6:31 pm

Dear K.T Knews, I'm pretty sure you did not read Notion for Brady Violations I provided in the above article link.

That is exciting, It's exciting when Juan P. Lopez's attorneys can prove perjury by Inspector Jordan Boyd.


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Posted by K T Knews
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Nov 12, 2019 at 6:49 pm

My comment was regarding your claim of being a reporter and calling this "This is the most exciting case in San Mateo County History IMHO."

Your response is most (ahem) interesting. Your haphazard and hyperbolic written approach is reminiscent of many that float around the net.

I will sign off the same: Given that, one can still look forward to your posts, at least for comparative purposes.


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Posted by Keep us posted!
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 13, 2019 at 1:19 am

Did Deputy Lopez request that the remaining charges be thrown out yesterday? Inconceivable that this case- which was originally announced via a press conference by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe- is not getting any media coverage.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2019 at 5:50 am

Keep us posted asks: Did Deputy Lopez request that the remaining charges be thrown out yesterday? Inconceivable that this case- which was originally announced via a press conference by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe- is not getting any media coverage.

Yesterday the four Motions that are filed and located in the post 9 up from this one were not heard. Most of yesterday was wasted with the new DDA (Remember Bryan Abanto has been removed after 5 years) trying to have a private talk with Juan P. Lopez's girlfriend. The new DDA knows she was criminally charged and indicted by the Grand Jury after being lied to by Bryan Abanto. She is working on her Factual Innocence case. All charges against her were dismissed for Prosecutor Misconduct when it was finally heard by a judge, who determined there was NO Evidence against her. The new DDA told she had to have an attorney and offered one from the Private Defender Program of San Mateo County, I laughed when I heard that, That is like being defended by the District Attorneys Office. Her brand new attorney arrived from S.F. for the 2PM session and told the court the same thing she will not talk to the D.A.

"which was originally announced via a press conference by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe- is not getting any media coverage." Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez was arrested at Gun Point for Smuggling a Cell-Phone and Drugs to a Hells Angel Gang Member in Redwood City Jail. Steve Wagstaffe and his team and many others knew there was ZERO EVIDENCE to support those charges. They did not care because the motive and goal was not to get him convicted it was to destroy him mentally and financially. Those charges were dismissed for Prosecutorial Misconduct, after he was Indicted by the Grand Jury on those exact charges which means Bryan Abanto and the D.A.'s Office lied to the Grand Jury.

K.T. Knews who refuses to identify him/her self: "My comment was regarding your claim of being a reporter."
I'm just an ordinary citizen who think the residents of San Mateo County have a right to know what is happening at the government level in their county.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe approved me as a Reporter to attend his March 1, 2019 Press Conference that was for credentialed News Media Only. I know of a few Elected Officials Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and others San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman and a few Supervisors who wish to identify me as some guy who blogs stuff on the net.

I will leave it up to the residents of San Mateo County to decide if the information I report about is important to them or not. In 2010 I received some documents from a very brave San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy. Here is what SHE said.

"Mr. Stogner, I have sent this letter to you because you are the only person who has shown the courage to stand up to a Corrupt County Government." The subject was Gross Misconduct at the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The Juan P. Lopez Case shows Misconduct at the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, and County Counsel Office. That is why I call it exciting.

November 18, 2019 2:00 PM next court date Redwood City


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2019 at 6:38 am

The employer of x Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez's girlfriend was there all day yesterday to testify.

San Mateo County District Attorney Senior Inspector William Massey communicated with him directly and pressured him to FIRE the girlfriend.


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Posted by Keep us posted!
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 13, 2019 at 7:39 am

Sure hope the Almanac is working on a story.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 13, 2019 at 10:03 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

"Sure hope the Almanac is working on a story."

They're afraid of the DA. They won't.


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