Friday, September 18, 2009

Upcoming Dates of Interest

[Original post date: 09/18/09 6:00am PST]

There are several upcoming dates of interest related to the william ayres child molestation case:

UPDATE: Friday, September 25th 2:30pm: Victoria has received her Award for Excellence in the Media for meritorious public service. She received a standing ovation. 
My congratulations and thanks go to Victoria. It is very important to have someone from the "outside" who understands, believes in, and advocates for the victims of this kind of insidious and damaging crime. I'm sure that the people who are responsible for presenting this award understand the significance of this quite clearly, and they couldn't have picked a better candidate for the award!

UPDATE: Friday, September 25th: There is an article in the San Mateo County Times about Victoria's Award. I think she receives the award at the lunchtime awards ceremony today! Congrats again to Victoria!

TODAY: Friday, September 25th 2009:  Victoria Balfour, the journalist who, through her persistence after learning that a colleague was molested as a child by william ayres, focused a strong spotlight on the ayres case, will be receiving an Award for Excellence in the Media for meritorious public service. Read more about the award here. The Mills-Peninsula Health Services Lawsuit Watch blog has also posted an article on this award, and so has

Friday, October 9th 2009:  The THIRD attempt to set a date for the retrial of william ayres on charges related to the child molestation of young males who were entrusted to his "medical" care. The date selection hearing was originally secheduled on 8/28/2009, and was continued to 9/11/2009 by ayres' then legal representation Doron Weinberg. And then, on September 11th, ayres new lawyer John Boy McDougall  (who has an odd little website here) wanted a continuance of 4 to 6 weeks with the obvious intent to ask for another continuation later. The next opportunity for yet another continuance occurs on October 9th.
Superior Court Clerk's office: 650-599-1170
ayres' criminal case number: SC064366

Friday, October 28th 2009: Case Management hearing for four of the civil cases against ayres for charges including and relating to child molestation, and fraud perpetrated in the guise of providing "medical care" with the intent to molest: CIV467273, CIV467741, CIV467742, CIV467743 

(NOTE: there is a glitch with the court document links, and you may have to click on one of those links AGAIN after the first click results in a blank page. They should work after that. NOTE ALSO that those case information pages have some Acrobat files attached with additional detail. See the links on the right-hand side under the "Image" column.) 
Superior Court Civil Division: 650-363-4576 


  1. The funny thing about "John Boy" McDougall's web site is that even though he's now a defense attorney, his "In The News" section has only news clips of his successes as a prosecutor (with his name highlighted in light blue marker.)

    The headlines include such titles as: "Man Guilty In Throat Slashing" and "Husband Weeps over 175 Year Sentence" I wonder if this might be a bit off-putting to your run-of-the-mill axe murderer looking for a good lawyer? Obviously it probably doesn't matter much if you're a Sociopathic Sex Offender...

  2. Kinda shoddy looking material, by that I mean his news clippings must have been copied and then scanned, the quality is not optimal. Looks like a kids scrapebook.

    Website not that impressive and his office building looks dark and dank.

    Sure he's defending the high school pipe bomber, but that's going to be a plea, life vs. death penalty. I mean the dude did have something like 8 bombs strapped to himself.

    If the split from Weinberg was "mutual", it was no doubt the money factor and maybe Ayres is a pay as you go client now and then when he goes broke "Dougie Howser JD" will stay on as public defender........

  3. I too am interested in the fact that McDougall up to now has been a successful prosecutor. Somehow being a prosecutor and defending someone who (in my view) is more than obviously guilty seems a real contradiction.

    Why did McDougall leave the prosecutor's office in 2004? Did he just not make enough salary or was he let go?

    Am I naive in thinking that if you've done one type job for a while (being a prosecutor) that it might be kind of different to step into the shoes of a defense attorney?