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Michael Dennis Banister III in Court Today for Sentencing. His alleged Victim was 11 year old girl.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: Sentenced to time served, “No Contact Order” 100 yard Stay Away Term 10 YEARS.

Michael Banister appeared by Telephone. His last comment to the Court was “Have a Great Day, Bye.”

Today Courtroom 2B 9:00AM Judge Susan Greenberg

Defense Attorney Joseph Goethals

21-SF-010162-A | The People of the State of California vs. Michael Dennis Banister

21-SF-013643-A | The People of the State of California vs. Michael Dennis Ii Banister

San Mateo County News.com Article: “Who speaks for the 11 year old girl”

San Mateo County Sheriff Office Press Release on Mr. Banister’s Arrest

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California A.G. Rob Bonta, say something to Judge Barbara Mallach, Zain Jaffer Motion to Destroy BWC Video.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: This Motion to Destroy Records has been continued to January 3, 2022

Dear Attorney General Rob Bonta,

Please don’t forget Zain Jaffer was arrested by the Hillsborough Police Department on October 15, 2017 for Attempted Murder of a child, There is Body Worn Camera Video.

Tomorrow December 20, 2021 Superior Court of California County of San Mateo in Courtroom 2A at 10:00 AM the Hon. Judge Barbara Mallach has a Motion to Destroy all the records in the Zain Jaffer case 17NF012415A.

Destroying the Records and Evidence is Not in the Public’s Interest.

These records could be very valuable to the wife and children in the future.

Diminished Capacity is No Excuse for Criminal Conduct.

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  • Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org> To: Michael Stogner Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM·         
  • The meeting was on Thursday, June 7.·         
  • Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho, Deputy District Attorney Sean Gallagher and I attended along with the following people from the defense team:  Attorney Patrick Clancy, attorney Daniel Olmos, Dr. Eric Wexler and Dr. George Woods.·         
  • The meeting lasted 1 and ½ hours; Ms. Cho and the defense team remained in the meeting room after Mr. Gallagher and I left.  I do not know how much longer they stayed.·         
  • Yes, we viewed the body camera footage. 
  • From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com] 
    Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:02 AM
    To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
    Subject: Zain Jaffer case Hello Karen, What date did the defense team for Zain Jaffer make the presentation in the District Attorney’s Office? Who attended? How long was that meeting? Were HPD body camera videos looked at or discussed? 
  • Thank You 
  • Michael G. Stogner www.sanmateocountynews.com

I think this case should be preserved and taught in Every Law School in the United States of America.

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Who speaks for the 11 year old female victim?

By Michael G. Stogner

This case was Very Fast from start to finish, How and Why?

Just because somebody says something is true, doesn’t mean that it is.

As it turns out a San Mateo County Resident was arrested and Criminally Charged with three Felony Sexual Assault counts Bail was $500,000 and 47 days later his case is complete all the Sexual Assault charges are dismissed. This would be a good case for an AUDIT to simply find out what really happened. Was a man falsely charged in the first place? There is No Comment from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos about his Sheriff Investigators and their work on this case. What are their thoughts?

Sean Gallagher and Steve Wagstaffe offered Mr. Banister to reduce this case to 1 count a Misdemeanor, Why? and Why so fast?

San Mateo County Sheriff Office arrested Mr. Banister on August 31, 2021 after Investigating the Sexual Assault allegations. The Investigation started on August 2, 2021, A Judge issued a $500,000 Warrant for his arrest based on the SMCSO work product.

San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges below on November 1, 2021, that’s 2 months after his arrest. So the District Attorney’s Office had two months to review the SMCSO Investigators work and they confirmed the three Felony sexual assault charges on an 11 year old victim.

On November 30, 2021 this offer was read in court, that is 29 days after the charges were approved and filed, What changed? What Happened?

I was not able to report what the District Attorney’s Offer was on November 30, 2021 because I was not sitting in the Courtroom. Also not in the Courtroom that morning was defendant Michael D. Banister and his defense attorney Joseph Goethals. They appeared by zoom or phone.

Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo Presiding Judge Leland Davis III cancelled the Public Access by Telephone on November 22, 2021. He has never explained Why? It can’t be because it’s safe to attend court in person now, So it must be some other really Important reason.

The listen-only public access lines are no longer in effect; proceedings are open to the public to attend in person.

The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office has a Victim’s Advocate. Did the Victim’s Advocate meet with the child and did he/she agree with this offer?

Did the parents of the victim agree with the offer?

Hon Judge Susan Greenberg

Banister, Michael Dennis case number 21SF010162A

  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
001PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A Child288(a)Felony07/24/2021
001PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious Felony1192.7(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
001PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any Felony667.5(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
002PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A Child288(a)Felony07/24/2021
002PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious Felony1192.7(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
002PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any Felony667.5(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
003PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A Child288(a)Felony07/24/2021
003PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious Felony1192.7(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
003PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any Felony667.5(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
004PC647.6(a)(1)-MISD-Child Molesting647.6(a)(1)Misdemeanor07/24/2021
001PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A ChildDismissal: Negotiated Plea
001PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious FelonyStricken
001PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any FelonyStricken
002PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A ChildDismissal: Negotiated Plea
002PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious FelonyStricken
002PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any FelonyStricken
003PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A ChildDismissal: Negotiated Plea
003PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious FelonyStricken
003PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any FelonyStricken

Judicial Officer
Greenberg, Susan

004PC647.6(a)(1)-MISD-Child MolestingPled Nolo Contendere
December 17, 2021

Sheriff Office Press Release arrest of Michael D. Banister

Does anybody wonder why Sexual Assault Victims don’t want to report the crimes.

Does San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office ever charge somebody with crimes they know they did not commit? Of course they do, look no further than People vs. Juan Pablo Lopez case NF433910A

Is that what happened is this case? I don’t know. Somebody reported a crime, the Sheriff’s Office Investigated and so did the District Attorney’s Office. They called the 11 year old girl a Victim.

How is it possible for these charges to be DISMISSED?

Remember a person is innocent until proven Guilty.

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Who wanted Barbara Bonilla out of the picture?

By Michael G. Stogner

I’ve always questioned why she resigned from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in May of 2020. At that time there was simply a corrupt Investigation by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the A.G. Office which should have been conducting it’s own Investigation.

San Mateo County News.com was the first News and Information service to report that Barbara Bonilla was on Administrative Leave as Executive Director of the Sheriff Activities League (SAL).

SMCN.com Article February 28, 2020

Barbara Bonilla was charged by the State of California Attorney Generals Office with seven Felony counts. Why?

Let me remind the readers that “Just because somebody says something is true doesn’t mean that it is.” the same goes for Criminal Charges, Just because somebody is Criminally Charged doesn’t mean they are guilty. Look no further than Sheriff Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez case NF433910A. His Criminal case has been going on for seven years, He hasn’t been convicted off one single crime.

In the Bonilla case she choose not to have a preliminary hearing, which means no evidence/witnesses like SMCSO Captain Christina Corpus, xSMCSO Jeffrey C. Kearnan, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, or Gigi Harrington testified. Therefore the public has no idea why the charges were brought in the first place.

On September 15, 2021 the State of California Attorney Generals Office offered Barbara Bonilla a plea deal where they would dismiss six of the Seven Felony Charges, No Jail Time, Probation, if she plead no contest to one Felony and paid $13,706.00 to the Sheriff Activities League, and completed 170 hours of public service.

Yesterday November 8, 2021, 54 days later the Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg granted a motion for Modification of Sentencing. The single Felony conviction has been reduced to a Misdemeanor, which can be expunged from the records in the near future.

Recap: Seven Felony Counts to One Misdemeanor in less than 1 year, that is pretty fast to disappear a case.

The People vs. Zain Jaffer case was done in less time.

How much money did San Mateo County Taxpayers invest in the Investigation, and State of California Taxpayers, for $13,706.00

That amount could have been prepaid debit cards from Target in San Mateo County Sheriff Patrol Vehicles or desk drawers.

Who benefited the most by getting Barbara Bonilla out of the Picture?

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Barbara Bonilla Case Continued.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla

Barbara Bonilla former campaign manager for Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos 2018 run, and former Executive Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activity League, Former San Mateo County Sheriff Employee, former San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commissioner, former State of California PAL Board, former National PAL Board, former Redwood City Rotary Board president waived time today. She appeared in Court in front of Hon. Judge Susan Greenberg today at 2:25 PM by ZOOM.

Next Court Appearance is March 10, 2021 Time: 1:30 PM Case Number 20SF01336A

I would tell you the name of the State of California’s Prosecutor if I knew it and I’m sure the person said it twice now but to be honest I could barley hear what they were saying, I had to listen by phone.

This case was investigated as an Embezzlement and Laundering case involving SAL FUNDS.

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x Executive Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League (SAL). Barbara Bonilla in Court today 1:30 PM

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: 2:00PM Motion to Continue granted Next Court Date Feb 3, 2021 1:30 PM and Feb 16, 2021 9 AM

Today at 1:30 PM Hon. Judge Susan Greenberg Courtroom 2A

The best thing the Attorney General’s Office can do for Public Trust is to take this case all the way to trial. No Plea Deal also it would be nice if they made a Public Comment on the Case Period.

Remember this was a Embezzlement and Laundering Investigation being conducted by both San Mateo County Sheriff Office which you have to ask Why? would the Sheriff Office be involved in investigating one of there own and the California Attorney General’s Office who is prosecuting this case.

If you would like to listen to the Court Appearance below is the Phone number and code.

CourtroomConference numberConference code
Courtroom 2A1-206-279-9589599028
Barbara Bonilla x Sheriff Activity League Executive Directo


  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
 001PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2017
 002PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony09/15/2017
 003PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/14/2018
 004PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony12/18/2018
 005PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony02/15/2019
 006PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2019
 007PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/21/2019

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Superior Courts San Mateo County are Open Why? L.A. County are Closed.

As of yesterday afternoon I was unable to tell Liz Valencia the Mother of Vincent Valencia who is scheduled to be sentenced to Prison this morning in Judge Susan Greenberg’s court if the Superior Courts were open or not. I checked the websites and I sent this e-mail to SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe for this information. Liz lives in Fresno a 3 hour drive plus there is a Stay in Place Order in effect. D.A. Wagstaffe did not reply which is unusual for him.

Here is a Letter I sent by Certified Mail to Judge Greenberg regarding Vincent Valencia.

Michael G. Stogner                                                                     Date: March 11, 2020 831-210-8994 michaelgstogner@yahoo.com

Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg

Southern Court 400 County Center

Redwood City, California 94063

Regarding: March 17, 2020 Sentencing

Vincent Valencia 19-SF-003527-A & 19-SF-008911-A

Dear Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg,

I am writing you as a Private Victim’s Advocate who has No relationship or Conflict of Interest with speaking out about Vincent Valencia. I’m very concerned that San Mateo County and the Courts have failed to acknowledge his long history of Mental Health Issues. His Mother Liz Valencia drove up from Fresno to inform the Board of Supervisors recently about his Mental History which goes back to his childhood. She stated he has been arrested more than 100 times in the last 10 years. That all by itself should be the Red Flag that something is very wrong and possibly Not Criminal. You will see from prior court records he pleads often when he is represented by the Private Defender Program. No Jury Trial.

I hope that bringing this to your attention will cause you to ask the appropriate questions, He clearly doesn’t understand this process even though the Court records state Defendant was advised of and understood Charges and Direct Consequences of plea. Jan. 27. 2020

Thank You for being the Safety Net.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Stogner

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:Steve Wagstaffe Mon, Mar 16 at 5:30 PMHello Steve,
Are the courts still open this week?
Thank You 
Michael

Courts in L.A. will be closed till Friday

By James Queally and Matt Hamilton

All Los Angeles County court proceedings will be suspended for several days as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus continue to mount, court officials announced Monday.

The nation’s largest court system will go dark from March 17 to 19, according to a statement issued by Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile. Court will reopen Friday for “the limited purpose of hearing or handling essential or emergency matters.”

“The Superior Court of Los Angeles County is committed to providing equal access to justice through the fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases. However, it is imperative that we continue aligning our Court with the most recent directives and guidelines issued by our national, state and local public health officials,” the statement read. “Let me be clear: we will continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles County—our children, the elderly, domestic violence victims, people whose life and liberty interests are at stake, and in many other emergent cases as is possible and safe.”

Brazile had previously asked that new criminal and civil trials be put on hold for at least 30 days. The three-day suspension is being carried out with the approval of California’s chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Courts in Orange County also announced late Monday that they were suspending all proceedings until March 27 due to the public health crisis.

Los Angeles County courts are expected to reopen Friday, but a lengthier stalling of judicial proceedings is possible.

Three law enforcement officials told The Times that Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey sent a message to prosecutors over the weekend telling them that a 30-day delay of all active jury trials was likely to be implemented. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter candidly.

The district attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

In his statement Monday, Brazile said he would release additional information in the coming days about further reductions in judicial and court services.

The announcement comes as criminal justice officials in California continue to struggle with how spread of the virus will impact courthouses and jails.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles County court officials announced the suspension of the high-profile murder trial of New York real estate scion Robert Durst.

Judges were also encouraged to shift toward telephonic proceedings to lower traffic in the region’s courthouses.

Statewide, courthouses have taken a patchwork of measures to deal with the threat the virus poses to jurors and staff, ranging from trial delays to temporary building closures to excusing older jurors.

Lou Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney in Century City, applauded Brazile’s decision and said it was a relief for the attorneys and court staff that he knew.

“Many attorneys are really scared to go to work right now. You don’t have effective advocates if they are always living in fear,” Shapiro said.

He said that in the long term, the benefits of temporary closure would be more apparent.

“Because this disease is so contagious, if it does go around the court staff and lawyers, what justice will be served? What kind of advocates can public defenders and criminal defense attorneys be if they are quarantined?” Shapiro asked. “It’s better to sit out a few days or weeks. At the end of it, the defendants’ rights will be better served by taking this short-term break, rather than letting it ride and seeing how it goes.”

Michele Hanisee, president of the union representing deputy district attorneys, said the interruptions could prove significant for active trials, and suggested judges may allow for a review of prior testimony to allow jurors to re-acclimate themselves with evidence in case of prolonged delays.

“This is new, uncharted territory for everyone presently alive. It’s hard to know what’s too little and what’s too much. Everyone is proceeding with caution,” she said.

Nikhil Ramnaney, president of the union representing Los Angeles County public defenders, said he believed the court should have taken action sooner given the ease with which the virus could spread in a courthouse.

“I think now they’re finally taking this seriously … in terms of my membership, in the last 72 hours it’s been insane how many people are very, very scared,” he said. “It’s impossible given the facilities to engage in social distancing.”

Ramnaney also noted that while the shutdown is necessary to prevent spread among lawyers, law enforcement officers and others who move in and out of the county’s sprawling court system, it could also worsen problems for at-risk individuals who are incarcerated.

“During the next three days, what venue do we have to petition for the release of very vulnerable people?” he asked. “That to me is the really difficult one.… How do we strike a balance between our own personal safety, and the safety of our families, and the safety of incarcerated people?”

Before the announcement was made, the county’s top public defender, Ricardo Garcia, told The Times in an interview that any adjustments the court makes must stand up to constitutional muster.

“If there’s any situation where client rights are infringed on, we will object,” Garcia said, noting that keeping defendants out of custody was among his top priorities.

Garcia said that public defenders were confronting difficult dilemmas amid the closures of courthouses, trial delays and a widening public health crisis.

“Right now people are torn: They have two competing interests as attorneys. The first being the desire to protect themselves and their family, the people they love,” Garcia said, “and the second is the people they’ve dedicated their careers to protect: their clients.”

Posted on Superior Courts Website Today March 17, 2020

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