[Update: 06/04/2010 9:15am, PST]
Judge Marta "I don't care. I know it's all bullshit" Diaz, San Mateo County juvenile court supervising judge has been reassigned (not by her choice) to the South San Francisco courthouse. Her judicial profile has already been wiped from the San Mateo Superior Court website.
All of the usual "this is just standard procedure" and "Judge did a great job" "Not politically motivated" statements are already firmly declared.
I does appear to me from what Michelle Durand reports in The Daily Journal that it was mostly a politically motivated gambit lining up who's going to hold the reigns in the future.
There are several "juvenile advocate" agencies who are upset over the change. I don't trust their opinion any farther than I can spit. As a general rule, I think they also focus on political expediency more than on any altruistic intent. That's just an opinionated opinion though.
Judge Diaz sent boys to william hamilton ayres for evaluation even after ayres was charged in 2002 with the molestation of many of the young boys sent to him under the guise of providing "psychiatric treatement." Diaz is said to have made statements protective of ayres.
As an interesting observation: rumor of this move has probably been swirling within the courthouses for several days, as there has been a huge spike on people reading Diaz stories on this site for about the last three days or so. In anticipation of some news, I've been scanning the news sites for the last couple of days, but alas, I missed the story when it finally did come out. It was pointed out to me by Patient Advocate! (Thanks again!)
ALSO in today's news:
Looks like McDougall (ayres' current criminal attorney) is going to be going to trial with his other big client, Alexander Robert Youshock, but not necessarily for what you might think:
Two of the three evaluators said that he is competent, but McDougall want to make really really really sure, so now there will be a jury to decide whether Youshock is really really really really competent or not.
I'm sure that's what will happen in ayres' case as well. As long as he keeps paying McDougall, he'll never go to trial.
On the other hand, I suppose it could work to our advantage if the doctors in ayres' case find him not competent, I assume the prosecution could request a jury determination as well. I would think that since it appears that the evaluating doctors in ayres' case may not be entirely unbiased and may even be influenced by reports that the defense paid for, they'd have a good case.
Yay for the superfine "justice" system we have in this country!