Dr William Ayres Update-Trial Postponed

From: http://www.insidebayarea.com/timesstar/ci_11298249
Abuse trial for former San Mateo child psychiatrist postponed again

By Michael Manekin
San Mateo County Times
Posted: 12/23/2008 05:37:00 PM PST
Updated: 12/23/2008 10:49:36 PM PST

REDWOOD CITY — The jury trial of once-prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres on allegations that he molested seven of his preadolescent patients was delayed on Tuesday for the third time since authorities arrested him last year.
The trial of Ayres, which was previously scheduled to begin during the first week of January, is now set for May 11.
Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan pushed back the trial date after learning that Ayres’ defense attorney Doron Weinberg will be preoccupied in January defending pop music producer Phil Spector in a murder trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The high-profile Spector trial, which is currently in recess, is scheduled to resume in January.
Weinberg, whom Ayres hired shortly after his arrest in April 2007, appeared in court Tuesday to argue a motion he had filed to postpone the trial of the former child psychiatrist.
But no arguments were presented in public. Instead, Weinberg and prosecutor Melissa McKowan came to an agreement with Judge Cretan before the hearing on Tuesday that Ayres will be tried in May.
“We have set a firm trial date, and I am confident that it will go forward,” McKowan said, adding that the judge clearly admonished Weinberg that he will not allow any more delays from the defense attorney.
Weinberg, who did not return calls for comment, filed various motions which have delayed the prosecution of Ayres since his arrest more than 18 months ago.

The jury trial was initially delayed because of the former child psychiatrist’s poor health — he was treated last year for prostate cancer — and later because of a protracted legal battle over a motion filed by his defense attorney to suppress all evidence acquired by search warrants that gave investigators access to Ayres’ patient files.
The defense motion was ultimately denied and an appeals court recently rejected an appeal. As for Ayres’ health, no further court filings regarding the former child psychiatrist’s prostate cancer have been filed since February. Weinberg’s most recent motion to delay the trial resulted from his involvement in the Spector case.
For those whom Ayres is accused of molesting and their families, the ongoing postponements have produced increasing frustration.
“It’s very devastating the way this has dragged on,” said a 41-year-old man who claims he was abused by Ayres in the 1980s and appeared in court alongside several family members of alleged victims. “That this guy is walking around doing what he wants to do, I think about it every day.”
The man added that news of an impending trial for Ayres brings little relief.
“The reality is, if (Ayres) gets locked up at some point before he’s dead, it’s really not going to help me at all,” he said of the 76-year-old psychiatrist outside of court. “(The alleged abuse) affects everyday life in a singular way and it’s sad.”
Meanwhile, others connected to the case said they were relieved that the trial of Ayres appears imminent.
Victoria Balfour, a New York-based freelance writer who has helped authorities build their case against Ayres by investigating possible molestation victims of the child psychiatrist, said outside of court that she doesn’t mind waiting another few months to see Ayres on trial.
Balfour, who said she first contacted authorities about Ayres in 2002, added that she has learned over the last six years as a victims’ advocate that criminal investigations can take a long time to develop and even longer to prosecute.
“I’m not as naive as I used to be about criminal investigations,” Balfour said. “I’m still in shock that he was finally arrested.”
Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan said after the hearing on Tuesday that she acknowledges the frustration felt by victims’ advocates like Balfour and Ayres’ alleged victims and their families.
“I admit that I feel the same way,” McKowan said. “Unfortunately, the wheels of justice turn slowly, and all we can do is the best we can.”

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jane on December 31, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    The victims will get their day in court. And Ayres will be convicted. You can bet on that…

    Of course, he could also plead guilty.


  2. Posted by Sean M. on April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Trial is now set for June 1, 2009:

    From San Mateo County Times: http://www.insidebayarea.com/localnews/ci_12222234

    The Insider: Dr. Ayres gets three-week trial delay
    Posted: 04/24/2009 06:34:34 PM PDT
    Updated: 04/24/2009 07:29:15 PM PDT

    EVERYONE’S favorite child psychiatrist, Dr. William Ayres, has been granted a three-week delay to the start of his trial because of his attorney’s busy schedule.

    Doron Weinberg, who represented music producer Phil Spector in his recent murder trial, told a San Mateo County Superior Court judge this week that he’d originally expected Spector’s trial to wrap up in mid-February. Instead, a verdict wasn’t returned until April 13, and Spector is scheduled to be sentenced May 29.

    County prosecutors objected to the request for the delay, saying they had already scheduled witnesses to testify in the trial, which had been set to begin May 11.

    One of Ayres’ accusers, who showed up in court, said he was “pretty upset,” given the many delays to the start of the trial.

    “I think its going to go away without a trial,” he said. “They are going to delay it until he’s dead.”

    Well, the good news for those who want to see Ayres put away — after being linked to sexual abuse of multiple children — is that Weinberg may be the first lawyer in recent history to fail to get an acquittal for a famous client who’s been accused of a heinous crime in a Southern California.

    O.J. walked, and so did Michael Jackson. Even Robert Blake beat his murder solicitation rap.

    So the fact that a jury found Spector guilty of second-degree murder means one of three things:

    # Phil Spector was too wacky for
    a Los Angeles jury, which is no easy feat.

    # Spector was not famous enough to impress a Los Angeles jury.

    # Doron Weinberg isn’t the best defense attorney in the world.

    For those who want to see Ayres behind bars, option No. 3 has to be encouraging.


  3. Dr Wm Ayres is an associate of Dr Maurice Wolin currently in the Sonoma County Courts for getting himself famous showing up in the 2006 MSNBC Dateline Sting in Petaluma seeking to have sex w/ a 13 yr old girl……….this writer has given the DA(Passalacqua) and Wolin’s Judge(Arthur Wick)affidavits and a 6 hour interview of me (Peter Tscherneff…plz google) by Former Chief of the Los Angeles FBI Ted Gunderson regading my Disassociative Disorder….memory recall…..answering and solving numerous unsolved cases….several including Dr Maurice Wolin……..longtime organized protected MK-Ultra pedophilia and multiple child murders throughout the 80’s….
    I have much more info available should anyone be intested to respond……….because of my Certified Letters w/ DVD interview sent to Judge Wick Feb 25…..Wolin’s Feb 26 Court sentencing was “mysteriously” postponed for another 4 weeks….WHY was he not remanded into custody immediately????….protected by Michael Aquino (google)
    I,Peter Tscherneff, made it public in 1992 that Aquino owned properties in both Marin and Sonoma Counties with non-profits holding verifiably undue influence over Child Protective Services….covering up any parents complaints stemming from decades long programming of children in daycares via MK-Ultra projects…………..one of my investigators is Doug Millar 707-396-8215


  4. Posted by Lewis E. Braverman doctor abuser on April 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Note to all: Lewis E. Braverman M.D., also from the Harvard system, was witnessed to engage in multiple instances of indecent A&B of the breasts of all of his female endocrine patients while they were undressed in his clinic at UMass Medical Center. The assaults were clearly felony assaults, with multiple other doctors watching and patients complaining. Number of assaults may be as high as 40K.

    If you have been a victim of Lewis E. Braverman M.D., you may have a case against him.

    Don’t ever go to a doctor or a hospital alone, especially one associated with Harvard.


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