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Sitrick and Company hired by Zain Jaffer. Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

How many Criminal defendants hire a P.R. Firm to promote the story they wish the world to hear.

Over the last 20 years I have attended many, many criminal cases and trials in San Mateo County, I know of only one case where the defendant hired a professional Crisis Management Public Relations Company to promote a fictional story. That case is the Zain Jaffer Criminal Case.

Some of you know I have recommended San Mateo County Residents Audit the Zainali Jaffer Case and the former San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez Case. One start to finish less than 9 months and the other 6 years in the judicial system and still counting. What are the differences?

Sitrick and Company is one difference.

A Private Meeting with the District Attorney’s TEAM after a Preliminary Hearing is another difference. How many times does that happen? That meeting is where the SMC residents should focus, was it recorded? What was really communicated that afternoon, Think about that. What could possibly have been communicated during that meeting that caused many San Mateo County Employees to forget their Oath?

This is Terry Fahn & Stuart Pfeifer of Sitrick and Company’s Work July 23, 2018 which is 21 days after the Entire case was dismissed.

July 23, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Patrick Clancy, attorney for Zain Jaffer, co-founder and former CEO of video ad company Vungle, today thanked Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney for the County of San Mateo, for going out of his way to clarify that Mr. Jaffer is completely innocent of any form of sexual misconduct.

“examining the case and recognizing it was not supported by the facts.”

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Mr. Jaffer was arrested in October 2017 after an altercation with family members caused by a dangerous reaction to doctor-prescribed medication. In July, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office dismissed all charges against Mr. Jaffer, a move that could open the door to Mr. Jaffer’s return to Vungle.

In a new statement published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Wagstaffe said: “We do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication.”

Mr. Clancy praised the District Attorney’s office for clarifying the facts and making it clear that Mr. Jaffer is completely innocent of any sexual assault charge.

“Mr. Jaffer did not do anything whatsoever that could be considered sexual. He suffered an adverse reaction to medication and in the process injured some family members. It was accidental and could have happened to anyone,” Mr. Clancy said, “Thankfully, the District Attorney and his staff reviewed all the evidence and made the right decision.”

“The sexual assault charges were dismissed because they never happened. It was only the physical injuries to his family that were dismissed because of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness. Unconsciousness can range anywhere from sleep walking to an epileptic fit. The person has no control over his actions, no awareness of his actions, and no intent to do any of his actions. He is unconscious.”

The San Mateo Daily Journal said Mr. Wagstaffe praised his prosecutors for “examining the case and recognizing it was not supported by the facts.” The D.A. told the Palo Alto Daily Post that they “avoided the possibility that Mr. Jaffer would be wrongfully convicted.”

Mr. Clancy said: “This should put an end to the spread of misinformation and gossip that has prevented Mr. Jaffer from returning to his role at Vungle, the start-up he founded.”

Contacts

Sitrick And Company

Stuart Pfeifer

spfeifer@sitrick.com

or

Terry Fahn

terry_fahn@sitrick.com

(310) 788-2850

Lets just take this one simple sentence by Terry and Stuart “Mr. Jaffer did not do anything whatsoever that could be considered sexual.

How does that statement stack up with this from Steve Wagstaffe on October 17, 2017.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, we filed a felony complaint against defendant Zain Jaffer. We charged him with five felonies and one misdemeanor as follows: 

Count I 664-288.7(B) felony oral copulation on a minor under 10 years old Count II 288(B)(1) felony forcible lewd act on a child
Count III 245(A)(4) felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury Count IV 273(A)(A) felony child abuse 

Count V 273A(A) felony child abuse
Count VI 243(B) misdemeanor battery on a police officer 

On Tuesday afternoon, the defendant was arraigned in RWC Felony Court, Judge Cristina Mazzei. The defendant appeared with retained attorney Daniel Olmos of Palo Alto. The defense motion to continue was granted and no plea was entered. The case was continued to November 1, 2017 1:30 for entry of plea and to set a preliminary hearing date. Bail was set at $300,000. I do not know whether he is still in custody or has been released on bail (you can check with the Sheriff’s Office PIO for that detail). 

The child victim was the defendant’s three year old son. The officer who was the victim of the battery was not seriously hurt. My assistant will email to you a copy of the charging document setting for the charges. 

Thanks Steve 

Or this Statement from Steve Wagstaffe to a reporter

From: Steve Wagstaffe
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:01 PM To: Emily Mibach
Subject: People v. Jaffer 

Hi Emily, 

Here is the description of the testimony by the instructor: 

DEFENSE THEN CALLED MARTIN ROMUALDEZ, D’S JIU-JITSU INSTRUCTOR FOR 6 MTHS PRIOR TO INCIDENT, AND THEN CALLED OFC REY. MR. ROMUALDEZ TESTIFIED THAT WHAT HE OBSERVED ON THE BODY CAM FOOTAGES WAS THE DEF PERFORMING A JIU-JITSU MOVE THAT HE HAD BEEN TRAINED IN (ARM BAR/TRIANGLE). MR. ROMUALDEZ ADMITTED HOWEVER THAT IN THE NUMEROUS PRACTICE SESSIONS WHERE D AND HIS SON JOHN DOE WERE INVOLVED THAT D WAS NEVER NAKED, THAT IT DID NOT RESULT IN ANY SCREAMING ON THE PART OF JOHN DOE, THAT JOHN DOE DID NOT APPEAR TO BE IN PAIN, THAT JOHN DOE WAS NEVER INJURED OR TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. INSTRUCTOR FURTHER ADMITTED THERE IS NO JIU-JITSU MOVE THAT INVOLVES INSERTING FINGERS INTO ONE’S ANUS OR SELF-STIMULATING IN THAT MANNER, AND THAT THE PRACTICE SESSION S WITH D AND HIS SON NEVER INVOLVED ANY KIND OF TRASH TALK OR LANGUAGE SUCH AS “PUSSY.” 

It’s fair to say that Sitrick and Company did not include TRASH TALK- PUSSY while naked straddling a 3 year old child at 4AM in the backyard or INSERTING FINGERS INTO ONE’S ANUS OR SELF-STIMULATING IN THAT MANNER.

Sitrick And Company does not mention the many articles I wrote about this case at San Mateo County News.com and that is understandable they were hired to promote a different story and that they did. The Question I have for Sitrick and Company is Did you ever contact CPS? Were you EVER concerned for the Safety and well-being of a 1 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. I did and I was and still am concerned.

Back to the AUDIT. The day the Jaffer case was dismissed District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe sent this email to his favorite Media. Notice he DOES NOT MENTION HIS MOTION TO DISMISS THE CASE. WHY?

COUNTY OF SAN MATEO INTER-DEPARTMENTAL MEMORANDUM 

TO: MEDIA MEMBERS 

FROM: STEPHEN M. WAGSTAFFE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY 

Media Notes For Monday, July 2, 2018 

CASES OF INTEREST IN COURT TODAY 

July 2, 2018

Peo. v. Zainali Jaffer (2-16-88), Hillsborough Police Department 664- 288.7(B)/288(B)(1)/245(A)(4)/273A(A)-Two Counts/243(B) Misdemeanor October 15, 2017; Defendant Is 29 Year Old Hillsborough Resident And Former CEO Of Mobile Advertising Company “Vungle”; At 3:56AM Sunday Morning Police Were Dispatched To Defendant’s Home In 1000 Block Of Lancaster Road In Hillsborough; They Were Met By Defendant’s Father Who Was Cut And Bleeding In Face From Being Beaten By Defendant; Father Directed Police To Backyard Where Officers Found The Naked Defendant On Top Of And Sexually Assaulting His Three Year Old Son Who Was Screaming; Officers Approached And Defendant Started Choking The Victim With His Legs; The Defendant Ignored Orders To Stop And Kept Choking The Child; Officers Had To Use Taser To Control The Defendant; The Defendant Continued To Resist The Officers And Spat At The Sergeant; The Officers Determined That Defendant Had Also Punched And Struck His One Year Old Daughter As Well As The Three Year Old Son And Beat His Father When The Father Tried To Intervene; 17-NF-012415-A (DDA Sharon K. Cho)
-The case is set at 1:30 in Dept. 9, Criminal Presiding Judge Stephanie G. Garratt, for the pretrial conference. The case is set on August 27, 2018 8:30 for jury trial. This is the third setting of the jury trial date since the superior court arraignment on February 15, 2018. The defendant is out of custody on $300,000 bail bond (posted on October 26, 2017). The defense attorney is Daniel Olmos (retained) and Patrick Clancey (retained).

That same day Zain Jaffer read a prepared Statement, Who wrote that prepared Statement? How many defendants go to a court hearing for a Pretrial Hearing with a written prepared Statement Thanking the District Attorney for Dismissing all of Your Charges. I know of NONE.

“I was incredibly fortunate that I was able to defend myself through the legal system, but I am aware that many others are not. Moving forward, I plan on examining ways that I can help others who are innocent and are seeking to obtain justice.”  

— Zain Jaffer

Message to Zain Jaffer Former San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez is a perfect case for you to pay attention to. You will remember he was arrested 6 years ago. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe held a press conferences told the World Deputy Sheriff Lopez Smuggled a Cellphone and Drugs to a Gang Member Inmate. It turns out those Charges were completely Fabricated Who Cares?

Next Court Date for Lopez is November 16, 2020.

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SMC Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case. Nov. 16, 2020

By Michael G. Stogner

If any of you have ever reported a Criminal Complaint to the Attorney General’s Office for a person other than yourself, I salute you. I have in the Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case involving Hacking of the California DMV Computer System. I can assure it is NOT EASY to do. As you can see by the title former Sheriff Deputy Lopez’s criminal case is still ongoing and next week will be the 6 year mark.

San Mateo County residents should AUDIT the Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez 6 yr criminal case and Zain Jaffer less than 9 MONTH case.

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

From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
To: VictimServices <victimservices@doj.ca.gov> 
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: Victims’ Services Unit Online Feedback

Thank You for your quick response, let me see if I can make this more clear. The State of California data base for DMV was hacked by someone and I believe that someone is from San Mateo County Law Enforcement. DMV doesn’t even know about this. I think DMV should be notified and if you won’t do it I will. The same thing happened with the Federal data base.
Thank You
Michael G. Stogner


From: VictimServices <victimservices@doj.ca.gov>
To: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:52 AM
Subject: RE: Victims’ Services Unit Online Feedback

Dear Mr. Stogner, 

Thank you for your correspondence to the Office of the Attorney General regarding a complaint against a local law enforcement agency or employee. We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention.  If you would like to file a complaint against a law enforcement agency or officer, it is the Department of Justice general policy that local governments will be primarily responsible for citizen complaints against law enforcement agencies or employees of law enforcement agencies, and that appropriate local resources (e.g. sheriff or police department, district attorney, citizens review commission, and/or grand jury in the area of jurisdiction) be utilized for resolution of such complaints prior to a request for intervention by the Attorney General. The Attorney General will review citizen complaints against a law enforcement agency or its employees for possible investigation when substantive allegations of unlawful conduct are made and all appropriate local resources for redress have been exhausted. You should first direct your complaint to the local law enforcement agency.  Every law enforcement agency in California is required to establish a procedure to investigate citizens’ complaints (Penal Code Section 832.5). A written description of the procedure is available from all law enforcement agencies. If a resolution of your complaint is not obtained through this procedure, you should write to the county district attorney and county grand jury in the county where the law enforcement agency is located. Most complaints against local law enforcement can be resolved by contacting the aforementioned agencies. If these agencies do not act on your complaint within a reasonable period of time, you may write to the Attorney General’s Office.  Your correspondence should include specific information about misconduct that violates state law, the details of your efforts to resolve the complaint with the local authorities, copies of your complaint(s) to the local authorities and copies of their response(s). Correspondence that does not contain this information cannot be acted upon. Thank you again for contacting our office.  We hope this information will be helpful to you. Sincerely,Victims’ Services Unit(ra)  

From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:26 PM
To: VictimServices
Subject: Victims’ Services Unit Online Feedback 

State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General Kamala D. HarrisMay 5, 2015 Social Networks Victims’ Services Unit Online Feedback Submitted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 2:26pm Submitted by anonymous user: [73.15.184.232] Submitted values are: Your Information First Name Michael Middle initial G Last Name Stogner Address Line 645 Prospect St. 201 Address Line 2 City San Carlos State California Zip Code 94070 Zip Email Address michaelgstogner@yahoo.com Confirm Email Address michaelgstogner@yahoo.com Area Code 650 Phone Number Your Comments message Please Investigate San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan Lopez’s California Drivers License number and address by placed on an existing ticket, failure to appear, and suspended license in the DMV data base.
August 4, 2014 DA Inspector Jordan Boyd demanded Deputy Juan Lopez surrender his DL, stating it was suspended, Deputy Lopez complied and was without a license until September 29, 2014. He hired an attorney who went to LA for a court appearance for him the Judge demanded that Deputy Lopez so up in person, he did and proved it was not his ticket.
Also investigate who accessed the United States Post Office data base to communicate a false statement regarding a condo Deputy Lopez owns in Redwood City, Ca. Residential to Commerical to Credit Unions which effect borrowing ability. I believe this was done by someone in San Mateo County.
Deputy Lopez is currently charged with 12 felony charges.


Thank You for looking into this.

Michael G. Stogner

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Zain Jaffer Case all charges dismissed by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Why?

Why would Hon. Judge Stephanie Garrett Grant this motion to dismiss? This case had already been to a Preliminary Hearing where evidence was provided to support all charges.

This would be a perfect case to be reviewed by a Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

What did CPS do to protect those two children? Though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the children — who suffered cuts and bruises but no fractures — were allegedly taken into custody by Child Protective Services immediately after the incident, he said their current location is not known by his office.

San Mateo County has a Domestic Violence Protocol signed by all Police Departments was it followed?

Zainali Jaffer case 17NF012415A was arrested in the backyard of his home in Hillsborough October 15, 2017 at 4AM. Police found him fully naked straddling his 3 year old son pressing his face into his genitals. He was Arrested for Attempted Murder (Not Charged Why?) charged with a lewd act ( oral copulation) on one of his children, child abuse and battery on a police officer and emergency personnel. His father who was also assaulted called the police.

Yesterday at the request of Steve Wagstaffe San Mateo County’s District Attorney, Hon. Judge Stephanie Garrett (a former SMCDA prosecutor) granted the motion to dismiss all charges. I don’t think the Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob would have granted this motion.

The Charges that remained up until July 2, 2018:

Charge #1 Attempted Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration with a Child 10 years of age or younger. PC 664.288.7(b) Felony

Charge #2 Forcible Lewd Act Upon Child, PC288 (b) Felony

Charge #3 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #4 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #5 Child Abuse, PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge #6 Child Abuse PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge # 7 Battery Upon a Peace Officer & Designated Person, PC 243 (b) Misdemeanor

DDA Sharon K. Cho 229296 scho@smcgov.org told the court.

“The acts that were charged we would say occurred.” “But that sort of misses the point.” “Because legally we have to ask ourselves what was it that caused those acts, given the information given to us? “We just can’t prove that what resulted was voluntary intoxication versus this was someone suffering from a mental breakdown and some kind of psychosis.”

Is that really true? What were the results from the blood test that morning?

What happened? The DA had the evidence in October 2017 to charge Mr. Jaffer. What changed from that day to yesterday?

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors should verify that the public’s interest was served in this case especially since it was DISMISSED.

How did all of those charges simply get dismissed? The answer is simple for “Those Who Matter”. The Legal Process was abused, skipped, non existent. Who did this, Steve Wagstaffe and his TEAM. They became the Judge and Jury in this case.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said a team from his office met with Jaffer’s defense counsel for several hours to hear the evidence they planned to use in his defense. Though prosecutors initially thought Jaffer may have been under the influence of LSD, they learned an analysis of the combined effects of medications he was on had not been done and had resulted in behavior of which he was not conscious. Says who?

What date did this meeting take place, who attended, How long did it last?

From: Karen Guidotti [kguidotti@smcgov.org] Sent: Monday, July 30, 2018 5:39 AM
To: Michael Stogner
Subject: RE: Zain Jaffer case 

·  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.

Wagstaffe said prosecutors including Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti, reviewed the evidence in the case, including that presented by police, and decided to dismiss all charges.

The time to REVIEW the Evidence is Before the Preliminary Hearing which was January 1, 2018.

Adverse Reaction to 2 Prescription Drugs prescribed by a Doctor. The District Attorney’s Office is NOW telling the public that Zain Jaffer was UNCONSCIOUS when his body committed all of the alleged crimes including Attempted Murder of his 3 year old son. If this were True it seems like a National Warning would be in order.

Note: These 2 Unidentified Prescription Drugs were not prescribed for his Undiagnosed Bi-Polar mental illness which they now claim he suffers from.

From: Sharon Cho [scho@smcgov.org]
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2018 9:21 PM
To: Stone, Erin
Subject: Re: Quick follow up question re Jaffer 

I don’t believe there is a conflicting statement. The medication was not prescribed for bipolar disorder. According to the defense’s doctor, taking the medication with the underlying bipolar disorder is what caused the adverse reaction. Sharon Cho, DDA
Sexual Assault Unit, San Mateo County DA’s Office 

The Hillsborough Police Officers were wearing Body Cameras and there is video.

Mr. Jaffer was arrested on Oct. 15 at 4AM after his father called police and told them that Jaffer was in the backyard of their home on the 1000 block of Lancaster Road in Hillsborough, abusing his 3-year-old son.

Police found Jaffer in the backyard completely naked, straddling his son, who was crying, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Gizmodo 7/3/2018

According to San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Jaffer’s father called the police in the middle of the night following a violent altercation with him. When the police arrived, Jaffer was holding his son down and proceeded to grab him in the crotch area.

The DA said that when police arrived, they saw him touching the child inappropriately. Police commanded Jaffer to stop assaulting his child, but he didn’t, and instead began choking the child with his legs around the child’s neck, according to Wagstaffe.

Zain Jaffer’s attorneys are Daniel Olmos of Nolan, Barton, Bradford, Olmos LLP of Palo Alto, and Patrick E. Clancy of Pleasant Hill.

The Savage Nation Podcast 17:45 mark 

S.F. Chronicle 7/19/2018

From: Steve Wagstaffe [swagstaffe@smcgov.org] Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:26 AM
To: Stone, Erin
CC: Karen Guidotti 

Subject: Zainali Jaffer Case Hi Erin, 

On another and unrelated topic, I wanted to request a correction of a statement made by one of my prosecutors, Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho, on the Zainali Jaffer case in your article on July 3, 2018 discussing the reasons for the dismissal of the case. You did not misquote her at all, but her statement has been misconstrued by some in the community. This is my requested correction. 

The earlier quotes by Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho appear to have been misinterpreted by some. We wish to clarify that we do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication. 

Thank you for your consideration of this correction. Steve 

What did CPS Believe?

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