Apparently Solveig Ayres -- wife of convicted child molester and alleged child psychiatrist william hamiltion ayres -- now thinks that she's an attorney qualified to handle her husband's appeal of his criminal conviction for molesting a multitude of young boys.
According to the court of appeal website docket notes for the case, On July 21, 2015, molester ayres' shysters Mark Vermeulen and Katherine Alfieri filed a motion to withdraw as counsel. Apparently they were terminated by the child molester's wife, Solveig. The request was denied by the court. For the amusing reasons, read the 7/22/2015 docket entry; copied below for convenience (emphasis and paragraph breaks are mine):
The court has received the "Motion to Withdraw as Counsel, Upon the Dismissal of Counsel by the Client, at the Express Request of the Client, and Thus With the Client's Explicit Consent, " filed on July 21, 2015. Attorney Mark Vermeulen attests that he and attorney Katherine Alfieri were hired by appellant William Ayres's wife Solveig Ayres, who was acting as Ayres's "attorney-in-fact."
Vermeulen further attests that Solveig has now terminated Vermeulen and Alfieri and desires to "be substituted in as counsel pro se for her husband." Solveig attests that at some unspecified time, William "executed a power of attorney designating me as his attorney-in-fact so that I am able to manage his affairs and make decisions on his behalf." No such power of attorney is attached to Solveig's declaration.
The request to withdraw as counsel is denied for an insufficient showing that Solveig has the authority to terminate counsel on William's behalf.
(Prob. Code, §§ 4450, subd. (f) [agent empowered to engage and discharge attorney upon execution of statutory form power of attorney], 4459 [language in form power of attorney empowers agent to take certain actions with respect to claims and litigation].)
Even if such authority is show, Solveig will not be permitted to substitute in as William's attorney-in-fact. (Drake v. Superior Court (1994) 21 Cal.App.4th 1826, 1831 [law distinguishes between attorney in fact and attorney at law, and power of attorney is not vehicle that authorizes attorney in fact to act as attorney at law].)
Shyster Solveig does have a ring to it though. Maybe she should pursue a shingle. Might help pay some of those child molester bills.
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. After years of playing demented for the courts, ayres plead "No Contest" and was found guilty of all charges against him on May 16, 2013. ayres was sentenced to 8 years in prison on August 26, 2013. ayres is no longer 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.