Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Commission on Judicial Performance Takes Action Against Ayres Pal Judge Marta Diaz

You all remember San Mateo Juvenile Judge Marta Diaz? You know, the judge who according to a top source in the San Mateo District Attorney's office told the San Mateo Police Department during their investigation into Ayres back in 2002 : "You better be real careful, because Bill Ayres and I are friends?" Well, it seems as if that bizarre loyalty of hers towards the accused pedophile has gotten her into hot water with the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance.

Case in point: this past March, reporter John Roemer from the legal paper, the San Francisco Daily Journal asked Judge Diaz about her friendship with Ayres. Here's an excerpt from that interview:

Not everyone is a fan. Diaz is among a number of county officials who have come under fire recently for referring juveniles to a child psychiatrist who was later charged with molesting three young male patients. Dr. William Ayres is set to stand trial later this year. Local government watchdog Michael G. Stogner, of Belmont, has insisted that county officials, including Diaz, continued sending patients to Ayres, despite knowing about the accusations. New York-based journalist and victims’ advocate, Victoria Balfour, has accused Diaz of protecting Ayres. Diaz shrugged off the attacks. "Stogner and Balfour have this little jihad against me," she said. "I don’t care. I know it’s all bullshit. All will come out."
Well, after that interview was published, it seems that some citizens did not take too kindly to a sitting judge like Diaz throwing around words like "jihad" and "bullshit." So they performed their civic duty by contacting the State of California's Commission on Judicial Performance about Diaz.

And the Commission took their complaints about Diaz very seriously. One citizen just received a letter from a staff counsel member at the Commission concerning the Diaz imbroglio that said,

"The Commission has considered the matter and taken an appropriate action." The letter went on to say that "Commission members Honorable Katherine Feinstein and Mr. Peter Flores were recused from the matter."

Finally, the staff counsel wrote, "The Commission has asked me to express its appreciation for your advising us about this matter. Bringing this matter to our attention has served a useful purpose."

The citizen who received the letter also spoke today with the staff counsel who wrote the letter. The counsel told the citizen that although all further details about the action taken against Diaz were confidential, the Commission would be talking about the action taken against Judge Diaz in their annual report in a "cryptic manner."

Those of us at this blog are very glad that an outside entity finally took action against Judge Diaz. Both the San Mateo Citizens Review Panel and the San Mateo Civil Grand Jury last year heard testimony about Diaz's disturbing interfering behavior in the Ayres case, and although they were horrified, they passed the buck and tried to refer the matter to another entity. We see this as a giant step in the right direction.

And please note that both former juvenile judges Pat Bresee and Margaret Kemp have apologized to the public about sending boys to Ayres. Not Diaz. Instead of apologizing, she attacks citizens and spouts curse words. Judging from her defensiveness, all we can think is, What is Diaz hiding?


  1. Kudos to Judge Pat Bresee and Margaret Kemp for expressing their regrets to reporters about sending boys to Ayres.

    Diaz doesn't seem to like juvenile boys at all. Perhaps she knew she was sending boys to Ayres like lambs to the slaughter.

  2. What I do get peeved about is although citizens report actions, the results always, always, remain confidential!

    I think they should issue a public reprimand if it is warranted. Including issuing an apology to the citizens.

    It's as if you report the offense and are barred from receiving the result.