Criminal Re-Trial now scheduled for May 13, 2013 at 9am.
william ayres, accused of molesting many young boys under the guise of providing "psychiatric" care, has now officially manged to further delay his trial until May 13, 2013 -- more than six years after his arrest. The tentative re-scheduling was set on March 5th, but judges held off making it official because ayres' defense attorney did not bring ayres to court as was expected.
In today's hearing, ayres was present in the courtroom in his wheelchair, very well groomed, well dressed, and clearly alert. He was parked at the back of the courtroom. The judge noted ayres' presence, and asked ayres if "you can hear me." -- Everybody wishes that this guy was a slobbering moron --
ayres clearly and loudly answered "Yes."
The judge then asked ayres to re-confirm that he waived his rights to a speedy trial, which was again answered with a clear and loud "Yes."
Of note: None of the issues that McDougall has raised in the last hearing (change of venue, recusal of prosecutor, etc...) have yet been addressed completely, in part because McDougall did not file paperwork correctly. I would certainly expect to see more hearings and delays in the mean time, although defense strategy is to wait until trial date or near to trial date to bring these matters to the court, so that delay can be maximized.
Also of note: The press has lately taken to presenting ayres as an unkempt-crazed old fool, using photos taken of ayres during the height of his malingering efforts at Napa State. Don't fall for this bullshit. ayres has lost weight to healthy levels for the first time in decades, and is well groomed, and clearly competent and still in charge of his extensive manipulation of the courts.
Article in The San Mateo Daily Journal is here (pdf).
william hamilton ayres was arrested on April 5, 2007 on charges relating to his molestation of many young boys while he was alleging to provide psychiatric care to private patients as well as referrals for evaluation from the juvenile court system in San Mateo County. ayres has been delaying his way through the system free from custody until this latest gambit to skirt prosecution by playing demented for the courts. ayres is currently under the conservatorship of his daughter Barbara Ayres of Sacramento, CA.
ayres has had significant interaction over the years with local politicians on boards like the "Children and Families First Commission," including the DA who was serving when prosecution began Jim Fox and Assemblyman Rich Gordon. In fact, Gordon nominated ayres for a lifetime achievement award for his "Tireless effort to improve the lives of children." ayres has also been vocally supported during his criminal trial by local head-shrinkers like Bart Blinder, Etta Bryant, Mel Blaustein, Harry Coren, Tom Ciesla, Robert Kimmich, Larry Lurie, Maria Lymberis, Richard Shadoan, Captane Thomson, and Harold Wallach.