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All Police Reports are Public Record

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Feb 4, 2010

All Police Reports are Public Record according to San Mateo County District Attorney James P. Fox. He is quoted as saying to Jon Mays now Editor of the San Mateo Daily Journal in article titled Deal rejected over mom's D.A. lawsuit September 28, 2002

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

Thankyou Michael
I worry that this behavior with be exhibited in the DA's heir apparent.
It seems that DA's office has highjacked the entire judicial system by controlling the process early on with creative charges, litigating "through the margins" and emotional blackmail.
I thought they were supposed present a more balanced set of circumstances and let the judges decide the cases.
If I were the Judges of SMC I would getting pretty mad right now at the DA's office attempt to make them effectively irrelevant.
As you well know this has become a common theme. Bothum Troy Henderson, John Johns, Jon Buckheit...... all spring to mind--just from Atherton and just from current events.
Come on judges!! Stand up for yourselves.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

I have been asking for Oversight of the DA'S Office since 2001. Many if not most of our current sitting Judges have been trained and worked under James P. Fox.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

A fair question to ask James P. Fox, and Steve Wagstaffe is when did the switch occur. What date and what caused the change?

In the above example James P. Fox and Morley Pitt pass on/gave a confidential Police Report to a person other than the person involved.

Jon Buckheit was the person involved.

What changed?

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I forgot to mention San Mateo County settled the Gatto case before trial for $94,000

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All Police Reports are Public Record

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Posted by fan mail
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm

More PRESCIENT input from Mr. Stogner and more Thanks from Atherton
New spelling!! PRESSient
Why can't we get more of this kind of reporting from our 4th estate?
Does anyone wonder if the police union conspired to make Bothum a Dead Messenger in order to keep all other editors in line?? This dosen't seem like freedom of the press at all.
Michael--if the Almanac won't hire you maybe you could take over as editor of the Athertonian newsletter and I wish you could have a seat at the police commission table.
You have been really good for us already

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Posted by Candle Lighter
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:12 am

Michael, it's really not what changed, it's question of what didn't change.

In 2002, the D.A. humiliated a lesbian woman by outing her through the distribution of a police report to her police officer ex-husband (who had no involvement in that police report incident whatsoever).

In 2008, the D.A. refused to turn over a police report to an Atherton resident who was the victim of that police report because police officers told him not to.

The common denominator is that the D.A. in San Mateo represents law enforcement, not citizens.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2010 at 5:18 am


Thomas Casey III, Counsel for San Mateo County, said yesterday that Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s office found that the allegations made by Ramona Gatto against District Attorney Jim Fox and Assistant District Attorney Morley Pitt were without basis.

"He said the attorney general’s finding underscores the fact that police reports are not confidential documents,"

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Posted by question
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

If Gatto's allegations were so unfounded, then why did they give her 97,000 on the court room steps??
I can guess the answer

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2010 at 5:42 am

There is something that could have happened a couple of days ago.

The Town of Atherton can announce through a PRESS release that from now on Police Reports will be made available for a slight fee to the parties involved. Its possible your City Manager and Police Chief are not aware of this blog/thread so please pass this on to them.

This action does not need a committee.

The articles above show the Attorney General of the State of California, County Counsel of San Mateo, District Attorney of San Mateo have all declared Police Reports are PUBLIC RECORD.

This announcement should happen today.

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