We hear that Weinberg plans to call on Dr. Marvin Firestone next week who will say that he does not believe that Ayres fits the profile of a pedophile. Whatever..... If Firestone is the guy we think he is, he's also a lawyer who seems to defend doctors no matter what kind of criminal actitivy they've been involved in. And if he is the guy we think he is,he lives right here in good ole San Mateo. Could it be that Firestone and Ayres are pals from way back? Is this the same Marvin Firestone who is currently serving in some capacity on the Northern California Psychiatric Association - the same group that gave Ayres some award with a fancy name a couple of decades ago?
Check out this Marvin Firestone profile:
Wonder if Dr. Firestone has read "Beoynd Betrayal" a book about male sex abuse. Dr. Richard Gartner, founder of the Sex Abuse clinic at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City, and a board member of Male Survivor.
In his book Dr. Gartner specifically talks about how pedophiles are attracted to working in the medical profession because it provides easy access to kids. He talks about pedophiles who are doctors.
Many child abusers are attracted to careers and avocation that make them special in the eyes of the community. They may be teachers, clergy, scoutmasters, choirmasters, coaches, Big Brothers, child care workers, doctors or other health workers or civic leaders. These positions can help an abuser gain access to children and serve as a cover for the abuse they commit. Serving in these roles can also be a form of insurance, so if they get caught, they’ll have ample support and plenty of advocates to state unequivocally, “This person could never hurt a child.”
We've also learned that he is a member of the Bay Area Koi Club and that some years ago he and the wife used to keep their koi in their swimming pool before they built a whole separate pond for their pet fish.
And it appears that those nasty Nude Boy books have not been forgotten by the prosecution team. It's not quite clear to us why there is still an ongoing discussion about the Coming of Age in court motions today, but hey, for those of us who were disheartened when they were excluded as evidence, these renewed discussions have cheered us right up.
We did hear that there seemed to have been a bit of a tug of war between the defense and prosecution today as to whether those highly sexualized photos of young adolescent boys in various stages of undress in locker rooms is considered porn. It appears that the prosecution's stance is that they are porn, given that the books have been removed from circulation in some places. We heard that Weinberg was arguing about wanting to bring an expert to testify that they are not.