Update since this article first published Defense Attorney Patrick Clancy filed a motion to seal the Preliminary Hearing Transcripts of January 31, 2018 Motion granted by supposedly a SMC Judge. I say that because the DA doesn’t know who signed it.
Karen Guidotti <email@example.com>
Sep 4 at 9:02 AM
Mr. Stogner: I do not know who signed the order. As you stated, there is no name typed below the signature, and the signature does not clearly show the judge’s name.
From: Michael Stogner [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 8:03 AM
To: Karen Guidotti <email@example.com>; Steve Wagstaffe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Name of Judge who sealed PH of Zain Jaffer
Good morning Karen and Steve
Please tell me the name of the judge who signed the Seal order. I am unable to recognize it from my copy.
We have compared it to the entire rooster, It would be nice if the name was printed below the signature.
Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com
Performance Audit conducted in accordance with auditing standards promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States.
This is not a new idea former Town of Atherton Finance Director John Johns R.I.P. made this recommendation in 2010. It was a good recommendation then and is now.
With the Zain Jaffer x Vungle CEO case 7 felonies including oral copulation of a child and assault of a Hillsborough Police Officer simply disappearing from the legal process after a private meeting between the District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Jaffer’s attorneys. DA Steve Wagstaffe believed he was guilty of these charges from day one for almost 8 months, right up until the private meeting at the District Attorney”s Office which included a presentation of the entire defense. That is what a trial is for.
Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti became the Judge and Jury in the Zain Jaffer case.
How many cases in the last 10 years has a Defense Team made a private presentation at the DA’s office?
How many of those presentations resulted in the District Attorney filing a motion to dismiss the entire case?
Judges are the last layer of Oversight for the People of California. When they see a suspicious or questionable motion from the District Attorney’s Office they should not only deny it, they should report it to the State Bar. This motion by Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti was both suspicious & questionable. Now we just have to find out Why?
Why did Hon. Judge Stephanie Garratt grant the motion to dismiss? There already was a Preliminary Hearing that determined there was enough evidence for every charge to move forward. She could have denied the motion, Wagstaffe could have tested his evidence on the Grand Jury to get an indictment if he thought his case was weak. Instead he choose to dismiss the entire case and Judge Garratt assisted him in that effort.
* Those Who Matter* email from Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, he was noticing the residents of San Mateo County that there is a special group of people above the law.
e-mail sent 4/25/07 10:20 AM
Greg and Carlos
Just a quick word of support from me as you go through a difficult time. To those who matter, your decades of outstanding work in law enforcement are all that count and your integrity is not the slightest marked by the modern media’s efforts to make a story out of a non-story. Hard as it is to think it now, remember it will be yesterday’s news and irrelevant by tomorrow.
My positive thoughts are out there for both of you.
For those readers who don’t know this e-mail was written to San Mateo County Sheriff and UnderSheriff days after they both were caught and detained as Customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including at least one child. April 21, 2007 FBI Sting Operation Dollhouse, Las Vegas Nevada.
The Matthew Graves (also 30 yr. old man) case should be looked at, He was sentenced to 34 years in prison, 4 of those years are for violating a Restraining Order. This should be compared to Mr. David Bohannon being arrested twice by the Menlo Park Police Department. The second time was for violating a Restraining Order, The exact same thing Matthew Graves got 4 years in prison for. The difference is Matthew Graves got charged, tried, convicted and sentenced. Mr. Bohannon no criminal case number filed, no court appearances, no trial, extracted from the legal process.
The Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County should order and pay for the Audit.
San Mateo County Supervisors contact info:
By Michael G. Stogner
4 responses to “San Mateo County’s District Attorney Office needs a Performance Audit. Zain Jaffer case.”
The California State Bar sent a letter of admonishment to DA Wagstaffe in May for lying to the Atherton Almanac about why his office never contacted victims about Dr. Ayres’ parole hearing.
In 2010, the California State Bar sent a warning letter to DA Wagstaffe after he lied to the San Mateo Daily News about the facts of a rape case the day before jury selection. The defendant, an African American, filed the complaint against Wagstaffe. Bar agreed that Wagstaffe had been dishonest.
How many other warnings and admonishments has he received?
Maybe Zain Jaffer’s attorney paid off Wagstaffe.
Unfortunately that is what it looks like happened, Zain Jaffer was facing life in prison one minute, May 1, 2018 Patrick Clancy is brought on as co-counsel, causes a private meeting with Steve Wagstaffe the ENTIRE CASE is dismissed with the blessing of Judge Stephanie Garrett. You always have to ask how much would it be worth and how much could he afford?
This whole case is questionable, media around the world including talk show host Michael Savage is outraged by San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s actions.