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Hillsborough Police Chief Mark O’Connor comments on ex Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer’s arrest, and Status of the 2 Children.

By Mark DePaula
Town of Hillsborough, California, Police Chief Mark O’ Connor comments on the Zain Jaffer arrest October 15, 2017 at 4:00AM at his residence on Lancaster Road.
Late morning on July 27, 2018 I met with Police Chief O’Connor and Captain Davis of the Hillsborough Police Department.
It was a short but cordial meeting with these men in blue. I had 8 questions that I had asked them both, regarding the Zain Jaffer arrest that took place October 15, 2017. Chief O’Connor answered the questions with additional input from Captain Davis.
Listed below are the 8 questions and answers.
1. How many officers responded to Zain Jaffer’s Dad’s 911 call?
Answer: Three officers, one Supervisor -Sgt. Gould and two officers-all three from the Hillsborough Police Department.
2. Were they all wearing body cameras? Were the cameras on?
Answer: Yes to the body cameras–Yes, they were activated.
3. Do you have the video data from the body cameras?
Answer: Yes
4. Did Zain Jaffer assault your officers?
Answer: Yes, he spit at Sgt. Gould.
5. Where was Zain Jaffer transported to after being arrested?
 Answer: San Mateo County Jail.
6.  Do you stand by your 3 officers, what they witnessed and wrote in their report?
Answer: I stand by all of my officers and the actions they took during this incident.
7. Do you believe Zain Jaffer committed crimes that morning?
Answer: The responding Hillsborough Police Officers witnessed an in-progress assault.  Further investigation lead to additional charges against Jaffer as two other victims were identified.  Based on the investigation, there was probable cause to arrest Jaffer.
 
8. What is the status of Zain Jaffer’s children ?
Answer: The status of the children is being handled by the Family Law Court in San Mateo Superior Court.
Note from Michael G. Stogner
To my knowledge Mark DePaula is the only person who interviewed HPD Chief Mark O’Connor. There are 7 advertising businesses aka Newspapers in SMC. The significance of this is there were 7 Felony charges filed against Zain Jaffer and they stayed for 8 months, June 7, 2018 a meeting took place at the District Attorney’s Office which included Defense Attorneys Patrick Clancy & Daniel Olmos, Dr. Eric Wexler and Dr. George Woods. SMCDA Chief Deputy Karen Guidotti, Sean Gallagher and Sharon Cho. Three weeks after this meeting the District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to dismiss all charges, claiming Insufficient Evidence. Hon. Judge Stephanie Garrett granted that motion July 2, 2018.
Defense Attorney Patrick Clancy‘s statement from a Public Relations piece which is going world wide.

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.

Innocent is what a JURY determines after the evidence is presented during a trial.

“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.”

That statement is false according to DDA Sharon Cho “The acts that were charged we would say occurred.” 

We at San Mateo County News.Com believe the Town of Hillsborough Police Officers and Chief Mark O’Connor.

Release the Body Camera Videos.

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San Mateo County’s District Attorney Office needs a Performance Audit.

 

 

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 <kguidotti@smcgov.org>

To:

Michael Stogner,

Steve Wagstaffe

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.

Karen Guidotti

 

From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 8:03 AM
To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>; Steve Wagstaffe <swagstaffe@smcgov.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.

 

Thank You

 

Michael G. Stogner

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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.

Steve

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.

SMDJ Article Matthews Graves

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

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Results Certified for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election

Mark Church has certified the June 5, 2018 Election results for San Mateo County.

The Sheriff Office race was an exciting one with three candidates. Mark Melville and Heinz Puschendorf both San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies and Carlos Bolanos the illegally appointed Sheriff who started his campaign over three years ago to make sure no deputy would run against him. That didn’t happen. Mark Melville told several editors including Jon Mays of the San Mateo Daily Journal in May that he watched a 3 minute video of Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula’s presentation to the Board of Supervisors on March 13, 2018. He described it as brilliant and clearly stated based on that presentation it proved that Greg Munks and Carlos Bolanos were liars. Heinz Puschendorf was a last minute write in candidate told several reporters including Dave Boyce that in 2007 when he was the President of the Deputy Sheriff Association DSA he was ordered by UnderSheriff Carlos Bolanos not to talk about or mention the FBI Human Trafficking Sting Operation Dollhouse where he was caught and detained as a customer on April 21, 2007.

Melville and Heinz were very brave to offer their services to the residents of San Mateo County. Look no further than the last write in candidate former deputy Juan P. Lopez.

Imagine what the outcome of this election would have been had Jon Mays printed the brave statement Mark Melville made in May. He and Jerry Lee didn’t think it was newsworthy, 83,500 readers didn’t know about a candidate deputy calling his boss a liar.

That is a big deal. Another big deal is that 100 voters spelled Heinz Puschendorf correctly.

To the 52,996 voters for Mark Melville, I recommend you send him your e-mail addresses so that he can keep you informed if anything bad should happen to him. Same for Mr. Puschendorf. Note Mark Melville has not conceded yet, with close to 30,000 votes in Carlos Bolanos favor 81,032.

In another race between Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell for Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Waddell conceded right away with less than 1% difference.

Magee 65,683 Waddell 64,485

For the record I believe SMC Sheriff Deputies Heinz Puschendorf and Mark Melville.

By 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 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 is closed.

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?

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. If this were True it seems like a National Warning would be in order.

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

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Mark Church How many Ballots?

Update June 22, 2018

San Mateo County had at this time 44.3% turnout with 172,076 ballots counted.

Election Results

June 16, 2018 San Mateo County Elections Office headed by Mark Church has never published on the County’s website how many ballots it had received. Today 11 days after the election the advertising business SMDJ has published that 45,000 ballots remain to be counted. Also News that it mailed out 400,000 ballots thats about 11,000 more than the official registered voter count. Not everybody received the ballot in the mail. Former SMC Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez didn’t receive his, he called to have another mailed to him and was told “NO” Go vote in person. So he did while serving on Jury Duty he went to the 555 Building after identifying himself he was told “Your Vote has been cancelled.

Also missing from the website are the Write-In candidates. This year was a Historical Election Three candidates for Sheriff, one who has been running (forever) 3 years, one for 1 year and one for a month.

The last one was the President of the Deputy Sheriff Association DSA in 2007. He has reported to several reporters that he was ordered by Carlos Bolanos not to talk about or mention Operation Dollhouse. He was the Go-To guy on April 21, 2007 He received several phone calls from Las Vegas starting at 10:15PM that night. He has helped bring out the truth about what really happened that night.

Now today we wait.

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UnderSheriff Trisha Sanchez Retired.

San Mateo County UnderSheriff Trisha Sanchez has retired as of June 6, 2018. That was 30 years to the day she started with the Sheriff’s Office. She was the first woman to serve as assistant sheriff in the Sheriff’s Office 150-year history. That also just happened to be  just one day after the election for Sheriff which looks like her boss Carlos Bolanos might be the elected Sheriff. There are still 70,000 votes to be counted. Trisha Sanchez was in Las Vegas on April 21, 2007 when her 2 bosses were caught and detained as customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including at least one child. She was also the decoy in a Sheriff Office Prostitution Sting in Redwood City in 1993 which netted San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie as a customer.

Best of Health and Luck to Trisha Sanchez in your retirement.

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San Mateo County Mail In Ballots & Vote Cancelled.

Mark Church of the Elections Office told the San Mateo Daily Journal he didn’t know of anybody who did not get their ballot in the mail. I do, former San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez. He called the elections office about 10 days ago and requested he be sent another mail in ballot, they said no and instructed Mr. Lopez to vote in person. On Election Day he did just that at the 555 Building across from the Courthouse where he was for Jury Duty which is another story by itself. Once he identified himself the nice lady informed him that his vote had been canceled. He politely explained that he would be voting and convinced her to prepare his ballot which she did, and he did vote.

Who has the ability to cancel someones vote?

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