California law requires that the offender be held in a locked mental health facility for a minimum of six months. ayres has now been locked up at Napa State Hospital for six months, give or take a few days.
Jonathan McDougall, ayres’ Scumbag Attorney, says that ayres is struggling with life at Napa, and the minimum incarceration period has now passed, and therefore Scumbag requested today's hearing to establish OUTPATIENT "treatment" for ayres' alleged dementia.
Dementia has not been clearly established, as the court appointed evaluation doctors found him to be competent to defend himself, based on rigorous testing, and MRI results that did not show markers typical of Alzheimer's. Further, ayres has been videotaped, clearly competent, and having lunch with "very good friend" and psychiatrist, Lawrence Lurie, MD who has published papers on Alzheimer's and its symptoms. The paid doctors who testified at the competency trial in ayres' defense apparently used less rigorous, more subjective "testing." The jury in the competency trial could not ultimately decide between the unbiased, court appointed doctors and the biased defense doctors, and the jury ended deadlocked. On August 22, 2011, the DA gave up the fight, and stipulated that ayres was not competent to defend himself, in spite of the court appointed doctor's conclusions and the videotaped evidence of ayres' competent behavior. ayres managed to manipulate the court and the DA for a bit longer, and stayed out of Napa State until October 25, 2011.
Last week (April 25, 2012) Solveig Ayres, the child molester's vapid, supporting wife, was in probate court to appoint her daughter, Barbara Ayres of Sacramento, to be the conservator for medical decisions for ayres, so that they'd have all their ducks in a row for today's hearing. The Judge told them that there was no urgency, and they could wait until after today's hearing finishes.
Today's hearing was originally scheduled to take place on April 27th, 2012, but was held over largely due to ayres' attorney Scumbag McDougall's very late filing of appropriate paperwork, and none of the witnesses for the defense or prosecution were present in court. On April 27th, Scumbag did request that the medical reports be sealed until today's hearing. It was reported to the press that included in the documents provided by Scumbag were letters from Robert Ayres and Barbara Ayres, the pig-shit son and daughter of ayres, talking about how hard things are for their child molester daddy.
molester william hamilton ayres’ scumbag attorney’s request to release him into the population -- so that he can get better care by not being under continual watch because he’s so demented that he needs outpatient care, but with medical conservatorship -- was heard:
In court today were quite a few people.
Solveig and Barbara Ayres were present, and there were about three other people with them, I believe that it’s possible that one or more of them were doctors who were hired by the defense. Also present were at least two doctors from Napa State hospital. There were at least 4 people observing for the victims.
At 9:55 william hamilton ayres, the child molester, was brought into the courtroom. He was walking in using a walker. No wheelchair this time. The molester was wearing an orange prison jumpsuit with a chain around his waist, and a large padlock at the small of his back. There were handcuffs attached to the chain on both of his sides, but he was not cuffed to them at the time. He was looking thin in his arms, but still somewhat bulky in body. His beard was not unkempt as was reported in the fishwrappers last week, and again this afternoon. It may have been trimmed somewhat shorter this week. Honestly I don’t remember his beard seeming unkempt last week, and it DEFINITELY was very neatly brushed today. I think this is more than just a bit of bias on the part of the press. They seem to be buying into the whole "demented" story, and are seeing and incorrectly reporting stereotypes that are not present.
When ayres sat down in his chair, one of the sheriffs came over and locked him in place.
Judge Grandsaert set the tone for today’s hearing: “I have now read the papers for each side, and… I have to say, Mr. McDougall, I’m just not sure… what the purpose of the hearing is.”
I think McDougall was more than a little unprepared for this kind of opening statement.
He spent a good deal of time narrating past history, and talked about the 90 day report from Napa, and hearing, followed another report 6 months from the 90 day report. He went into a complicated and convoluted description of the purpose of all of these hearings and related statutes. He complained that Napa was late in providing the 90 day report, and that the follow-on report should not be delayed even more because of the lateness of the 90 day report. McDougall says that there is a conflict between the 180 day MINIMUM and the fact that it’s really at least 9 months, since there is a 90 day report and then another report six months after that. (I’m not sure what MINIMUM means to McDougall. Perhaps he’s confused.)
McDougall spent some time talking about two cases revolving around the constitutionality of holding a demented person in lockup indefinitely if there is no likelihood of return to competency. McDougall talked at convoluted length about 1603 and 1370 (AIF) penal codes. The statutes seem to have some built in conflict about when a person becomes available for outpatient treatment, and whether the purpose is to return a person to competency or not, at least if you try to understand it as McDougall attempts to explain it... He wanted to reset the second report to 30 days from today, rather than in late July / early August as scheduled.
McDougall states: “There is no argument that he has dementia” and “I don’t think there’s an argument that he can be returned to competency”
McDougall says that the 90 day report doesn’t indicate that he could be returned to competency, but he says that it DID indicate that ayres "needs to be more cooperative" (McDougall is doing some VERY creative paraphrasing here, as you'll see in a moment...) and that he needs another neuropsych report.
McDougall bottom lines: Follow 1603 procedure, and to adjust the report date to meet the 9 months minimum.
The prosecution argued that the late 90 day report date isn’t overly relevant, and she also said that she thinks that McDougall is confused about what 1603 and 1370 mean. She states that 1370 means that outpatient treatment is intended to be used IF RETURN TO COMPETENCY IS EXPECTED.
She states that at 90 days, if the DIRECTOR of the facility reports that the person can’t be restored to competency, THEN he can be returned to court, and conservatorship can be pursued. If the 90 day report does NOT say that he can’t be restored to competency, then he has the right to reports at 6 month intervals after the 90 day report. Each six month report follows the same pattern. Her explanation was very clear, and logical, especially when stood up against McDougall’s jumble of confused posturing.
Essentially what I take from McKowan’s argument is that ayres will have a report every 6 months until he is either determined to be competent , or that competency is not possible, at which point ayres will probably be released, either to go to trial if he is competent , and the DA wants to persue charges, OR to be set free and placed under medical conservatorship, as a person with dementia.
My take is that he will remain locked up at Napa only for as long as it takes for them to adequately evaluate him, or to work on curing him, if they determine that he can be restored to competency.
McKowan argues that McDougall can’t just haul in doctors from Napa, or his own paid doctors, because the statue only asks for a report from the director of the facility, and nothing else is relevant. FURTHER: She implies that the constitutionality only comes into question if the person is reported to be NOT RESTORABLE TO COMPETENCY.
McKowan states that this is not what the 90 day report indicates!
The report says that he was not being cooperative, he was not taking medication, he was not sleeping because he refuses to use his CPAP machine (usually used for sleep apnea patients), he was refusing to participate in group sessions, he was not participating in restoration planning. The report DOESN’T say anything about whether or not he can be restored to competency, because the doctors need to be able to evaluate him, but he’s not cooperating.
McKowan said that she talked to (the doctor appointed by the director (?) to write the report), and he said that there seems to be some indication that ayres could be returned to competency.
McKowan says: I don’t believe that the court has anything that we can act on today.”
McKowan says there is no violation of due process and puts the blame for any delay squarely on ayres’ shoulders with his “failure to cooperate” and his “pointed intention NOT to be restored to competency.” “By his own actions, he missed his opportunity.”
Back to the Defense:
Scumbag McDougall was shaking his head throughout the prosecutor’s presentation, and was clearly upset with what McKowan had said about the blame being laid on ayres’ own shoulders.
He said that it was OUTRAGEOUS to suggest that someone with dementia was purposely trying to prevent restoration to competency!
I happen to agree with McDougall here… I don’t think that someone with dementia would purposely try to prevent restoration to competency unless they were actually competent, and were trying to prevent doctors from declaring him “restored” if he was going to face prison for child molestation. (Wait for it, because it's coming.....)
McDougall states that the court has information that “shows” that ayres is not a danger to society.
I have no idea what form this proof could take. Perhaps magical faeries have managed to read ayres mind, and determined that somehow his sexual arousal triggers have changed, and now only vapid old trolls are attractive to him, and suddenly, after probably 60 years or so, he’s no longer turned on by little boys -- McDougall needs to share whatever’s in his crack pipe… ‘cause that’s some damn fine shit.
Back to Prosecution:
McKowan then countered by stating the following about what the report indicates:
The doctors report that ayres was INTENTIONALLY not cooperating:
1) Because his lawyer told him not to.
2) The doctors specifically stated in the report that at one point Solveig tells her husband, to “Just go ahead and give it a try” to do what the doctors request and see if it works. Ayres’ reply was “Why, so I can go to prison?” (And there you have it folks....)
McKowan says that court should be able to infer from the report that ayres was expecting to go, spend his six months, and then be released.
McKowan indicated that the victims should be given the opportunity to make a statement at the time that ayres is expected to be released from Napa.
McDougall tried to argue more that he should still be released. Discussion went back and forth. Everyone tried to nail down a date for the next hearing.
The judge said that he’s reviewed the statues, and that provisions of 1603 have not been met. He adjusted the date to July 25, 2012 so that it falls 9 months after lockup. He said that the report should address 1603 and have some conclusion about whether or not restoration of competency can be done, and to the extent that it can be done at Napa State Hospital. He said that if the director’s report can be done early, it should be done early.
They set the next hearing date for July 25, 2012 at 8:45am so that they can look at the report, and determine next steps.
Finally, McDougall complained that after last week’s hearing, the judge ordered ayres to be transported back to Napa, but that he wasn’t… instead he was left in county lockup for the week!
McDougall complained that the sheriffs had simply ignored the judge’s order. McDougall whined that it’s contributed to ayres’ further decay. McDougall told the court to order ayres returned TODAY to Napa State Hospital.
The judge smacked McDougall back, saying that he had reviewed his record from the hearing last week, and that there was actually no order, therefore no violation. The judge then ordered that ayres be transported back to Napa at the earliest possible convenience of the sheriff’s office.
NONE of the witnesses present were called to testify, nor were the pleading letters of ayres' dumb shit children considered, as their testimony was irrelevant.
An article in the San Mateo Daily Journal <pdf> states in no uncertain terms that william hamilton ayres ""who is 80 and has Alzheimer’s-related dementia, is trying to avoid a second trial by refusing his medication and is also very uncooperative with the staff at Napa State Hospital where he was sent last year for treatment"