William Aryes, MD - Child Psychiatrist
William Aryes is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, who allegedly molested children under his care. The victimized children come from all faiths.
If you or anyone you know was sexually abused by Dr. William Aryes, please contact Detective Rick Decker at the San Mateo Police Department immediately.
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Judge bows out of Ayres hearing, citing 'antipathy'
Burlinggame Daily News
March 21, 2008
By Michael Manekin / Bay Area News Group A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has unexpectedly bowed out of an upcoming hearing involving William Ayres, the once-prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist awaiting trial on allegations that he sexually molested his patients.
Citing "antipathy" toward one of the lawyers involved in the case, Judge John Runde submitted a written order Tuesday that was placed directly in the Ayres case file.
"Antipathy to counsel impels me to the conclusion that I cannot be impartial to both sides in this matter," Runde said. "I therefore recuse myself."
Under state law, judges are allowed to recuse themselves in cases that could bias their decision-making process. Recusals can occur for any number of reasons, but neither prosecutors nor the defense could recall more than a few occasions when "antipathy" toward an attorney provided the basis for a judge to bow out of a hearing.
"I've never read such a thing," Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday upon learning of the ruling. "'Antipathy' is a very specific word, and I have no idea what would have caused it.
"Everything seemed appropriate in court, and I'm actually stunned at what I've just read."
When alerted of the judge's decision Thursday afternoon, defense attorney Doron Weinberg was equally bewildered. Speculating at first that the judge's "antipathy" could be directed toward prosecutors, he quickly dismissed the notion.
"If (Runde) is referring to me, I have absolutely no idea what he's referring to," Weinberg said. "I don't think anything happened in the courtroom (during previous hearings) that was out of the ordinary. There was some spirited dialogue, but certainly no attack or disrespect."
Weinberg, who called Runde's decision to bow out of the case "mystifying," frequently sparred with the judge during a December hearing, when the two men last met in court. The attorney had requested the hearing to argue a motion to suppress prosecution evidence acquired by search warrants that gave investigators access to his clients' patient files.
"The court appears to have had already made up its mind," Weinberg told Runde in December. At one point, the defense attorney went so far as to lecture the judge on the nature of search warrants, saying, "Surely, the court understands the difference between probability and possibility of a crime."
The judge ultimately denied the motion, summarily dismissing each of the defense attorney's arguments during the December hearing.
However, a state appeals court last week ordered Runde to offer Weinberg a new hearing to defend his client, stating that the judge denied the defense attorney an opportunity to make his case by calling witnesses to the stand.
Now that Runde has declined to preside over a new hearing, a new judge will be assigned to hear the defense motion, Wagstaffe said.
The motion calls on the judge to suppress evidence gathered from Ayres' patient files, charging that the search warrants violated the state's psychotherapist-patient privilege, lacked probable cause and permitted constitutionally prohibited searches.
The search warrant enabled authorities to confiscate files for some 800 of Ayres' former patients and contact those treated by Ayres since 1988 who were between the ages of 11 and 17 at the time.
Officials with the District Attorney's Office say they have spoken to several dozen men who claim they were abused by Ayres. But only seven fall within the state's statute of limitations on molestation crimes, which requires that charges be brought before the accuser turns 29 or that the alleged crime occurred after Jan. 1, 1988.
Prosecutors, who relied on the warrant to find the seven alleged victims, could find themselves without any if a judge rules to invalidate the search warrant.
Whether Runde's decision to throw in the towel means good news or bad news for the prosecution is a matter of speculation, Wagstaffe said.
As for Weinberg, he said the new judicial twist will not likely "help or hurt" his defense of his client.
Said the defense attorney: "It's just a fact that stands on its own."
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