#42 Aug 10, 2007
I was Googling around a bit about Steve Wagstaffe, and found an interesting appeals court decision regarding a man who shot his wife's dope dealer.
I think even if you are "law and order" perhaps especially if you are, you may be appalled by Wagstaffe's actions in this case.
According to the appeals court, the man's wife got on drugs, and started having an affair with her drug dealer. There was a bunch of conflict between the dealer and husband. Eventually, the husband shot the dealer. There was a claim of self defense, but it seem likely the man's lawyer did a very bad job in presenting that claim. In fact, Wagstaffe himself admitted to the appeals court that they were worried the man would win an appeal of his conviction based on his lawyer's incompetence.
So, they offered him a plea bargain for second segree murder, 15 to life sentence. He was an exemplary prisoner, and there was no reason not to give him parole after 15 (or maybe 17 years the judge added two years for using a firearm, but I am not sure when the man first became elegible for parole) but Wagstaffe oppposed it, and apparently gave the parole board a somewhat misleading account of the man's history to sell them on not giving parole.(said he had violated a restraining order his wife had, but in fact, she had paged him, they had children together, and his "violation" was returning her phone calls, and he was found "not guilty" of that.
To me, the DA's agreeing to a plea bargain which they knew allowed parole, then doing everything they could to defeat his parole, even though he qualified more than just about any prisoner, is essentially reneging on a bargain. And misleading them,(there was no proof it was done deliberately, but one has to think it probably was. Read the decision to see how it went down) so that the guy would not get parole is downright dishonest.
Those are the ethics of this man Wagstaffe, apparently. I have been forced to try to deal with his son, a DDA in Alameda County. The apple does not fall far from the tree in this case.
I think if the man did not get a fair trial because his attorney was incompetent, maybe the right action by the San Mateo County DA's office would have been to have another trial. This case by itself should sway the minds of some of the most hard-nosed anti crime folks. Please read it before you flame me:
http://22.214.171.124/search?q= cache:bAOaGT3BnCMJ:www.courtin fo.ca.gov/opinions/archive/A10 8894.DOC+Steve+Wagstaffe&h l=en&ct=clnk&cd=10 &gl=us&ie=UTF-8
It is on a web page of published appeals court decisions, and I think the entire thing proves how littel compunction Wagstaffe, or others involved, feel to honor agreements they make.
If the link does not work, Cut and Paste it into your browser.
#43 Aug 10, 2007
My previous comment, including the link to that parole issue Steve Wagstaffe was involved in, seems to not be working. You can Google "Steve Wagstaffe" and "George Scott" to find it on the appeals court web page.
#44 Aug 14, 2007
I wanted tom make one more comment for anyone reading this.
The number two man in the DA's office, Steve Wagstaffe, was quoted as giving a very strong endorsement of Munks.
I think the people of the County should know, Wagstaffe was involved in trying to deny parole to a man who was convicted of killing his wife's drug dealer.
The man's name, if my memory is not fooling me, is George Scott. If you Google "Steve Wagstaffe" and "George Scott" you should see where an appeals court deals with Wagstaffe's bad faith attempts to keep the poor guy in prison after almost twenty years.
It shows you what kind of guy you are dealing with in Wagstaffe. Very Law and Order, unless it's a law man who is in trouble. Then he's quite compassionate.
I think many people, even "law and order" types, will be shocked to see how much Wagstaffe took out after this basically good guy who could not handle what was going on.
And shocked ot see how Wagstaffe gave bad info to the parole board.
And shocked to see how readily Wagstaffe reneged on the plea bargain his own office had made with the man.
Please look it up.
#45 Aug 23, 2007
Yeah.. more like a dork supporting a loser
#46 Aug 23, 2007
Give me a break. It's totally stupid to bring your little CHENEY and Bush into this. Cut the crap and stick to the issue.
#47 Feb 24, 2011
Steve white stalked his divorce judge for 15 years?, went and took her underwear after she was dead and kept them. he admits in open court he molested his 7?? year old sister, held her down and raped her when he was 7 years older. currently lives at 21174 oceanview dr Hayward CA.
in my view
It's very sad a person like this thinks they should judge the faults in others, but its nothing about the DA, the Sherriff or anything but the fact his wife aborted his child and then was stalked herself,shge left the country eventually.
I wish I could be on a continent away from Steve White.
#48 Mar 19, 2011
Moderator: The post by "I KNOW YOU" is slanderous. Flagged.
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