Brief Info on the FIVE civil suits:
There are currently FIVE known lawsuits against william hamilton ayres relating to his molestation of young boys under the guise of providing psychiatric care.
The San Mateo County court has an online case status system providing information about the civil cases. As of the last check on February 15th, 2011, Three of the five civil cases show ambiguous status: the latest hearings/actions are listed as completed, but the overall case status is not documented, and there are no hearings/actions pending as of right now.
TWO of the five cases now show the following status, as of February 8, 2011:
ORDER GRANTING STAY OF CASE PENDING CRIMINAL TRIAL OF JOHN DOE 1, SIGNED BY JUDGE FREEMAN ON 02/04/11 FILED.
This means that Judge Freeman - the judge running the show in william hamilton ayres' pending (possibly) criminal trial for charges relating to molestation - has put a stop to any further proceedings on at least these two civil cases. This could be indefinite, or it could just be a holding place, so that the court doesn't have to waste time and money with continual hearings just to keep saying "lets wait until the criminal trial finishes" every six months. It is possible that if the criminal case ever takes place, then the stay on the civil cases will be lifted.
My GUESS is that at least these cases are structured around a finding of guilt in the criminal case, and that BOTH sides want to wait until the outcome. I could be very wrong... Maybe someone will correct me.