I’d also like to point out that there is an interesting article in the San Mateo County Times Friday Night / Saturday Morning edition. Here are some excerpts from that article:
The trial of San Mateo's most notorious child psychiatrist is swirling with a bit of behind-the-scenes controversy.
The scandal, however, has apparently simmered down in the eyes of the general public. For the most part, recent news coverage has been limited to a local reporter or two taking notes in a near-empty courtroom.
Now that the twice-delayed trial of the doctor accused of playing doctor is finally underway, however, the one person who wants to see it all go down more than anyone has been banished from the daily proceedings.
With Balfour out of the picture, Judge Freeman's courtroom has been held down by a mix of curious law students, parents of former patients and bloggers who have taken an interest in the trial for one reason or another.
We've heard one of the moderators on this blog is one of Ayres' alleged out-of-statute victims, but various gadflies contribute as they can. They tend to get carried away in swarming local online forums to bash Ayres — so carried away, in fact, that we hear they got a forum shut down.
Overall, I think a good article, it makes some good points, and is not overly “neutral” in it’s language. It does get a few things a bit wrong, I have posted a couple of corrections and additional input in comments to the article over there, as has Michael Stogner. If you go over to read the article, please also read the comments, they're pretty important clarifications, especially Michael Stogner's.
I didn’t bother to point out the most glaring, and commonly repeated error: The trial has been delayed FIVE times, not two times. Isn’t it about time that the press gets that simple error corrected for good??