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John William Smith Molestation Case is reported at the end.

Original post made by Michael G Stogner, another community, on Jul 16, 2012

This case was first reported today Monday July 16, 2012 by the Palo Alto Daily Post.
John William Smith age 48 represented by attorney Jeff Carr, He was charged with molesting his niece who was 7 yrs old at the time in 2003. She kept this a secret until 2011 when her mother was dying of cancer and she learned she might have to live with the suspect. As of noon today the jury had testimony read back to them and went back to deliberations.

Why is this the first news of this case, why wasn't San Mateo County informed of the arrest and the charges?

Comments (11)

Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Is this case being tried in Santa Clara or San Mateo County? If the molestation didn't occur in San Mateo, why should they be informed of the charges? Who is John William Smith? What does he do and where does he live?


Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Lurker good questions, The case is in San Mateo County Courtroom 2D, the alleged crimes took place in the Menlo Park home which is in San Mateo County and Steve Wagstaffe's Office filed the charges. As of Friday the jury was stuck at 6-6


Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

So one of your concerns is that the San Mateo papers didn't write about it? Or perhaps were never notified by Wagstaffe about it?


Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Lurker, You are correct again, I have googled his name and have checked at other papers archives and have found ZERO articles Not a word regarding this case.

Why was this case protected from the public? You and I both know that District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe feeds some reporters in the media stories he feels are newsworthy. I think this case was newsworthy, this SMC child only reported this as one tragic event was unfolding.


Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2012 at 5:11 am

Contact the San Mateo County Times reporters.


Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

The jury came back, again, deadlocked in a 6-6 vote. The district attorney's office will decide friday whether to retry this case.


Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Who was the prosecutor?


Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Prosecutor was D.D.A. Joshua Stauffer

Defense attorney Geoff Carr


Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Update:

Today the D.A. office informed the court that they were unable to make a decision as to retry this case and have asked for a continuance. Next court date is August 2, 2012 @ 8:45am


Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

There will be NO retrial of this case.

My very Best wishes and Health to the victim, You did a GREAT Job, you should be proud of yourself.


Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

This is all too common - the accused goes free - and they're not always innocent. I join Mr. Stogner in wishing the victim (must I say alleged victim?) best wishes & health.


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