Friday, March 18, 2011
[NY] Despite violating judge's order, resigned Mayor Bradley gets probation in his domestic violence case.
... Acting state Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci told him. "You attempted to assault your wife and then, contrary to my order, you intimidated her"... [Capeci] said he went to great lengths to portray his case as a "garden-variety divorce" when it was "garden-variety domestic violence"... "I was married to a powerful politician and afraid of what would happen to my children and me if I broke the silence," she wrote. "I want this case to show that there is justice and hope for anybody to be free from violence"...
[NY] News: Mayor Adam Bradley "declined to give a statement to detectives" on wife abuse charge - Police Department officials would not explain why they allowed the Mayor's Office to take the lead in handling the media on the case... Bradley declined to give a statement to detectives...
[NY] White Plains Mayor Bradley update: His 2nd domestic violence arrest, an ethics probe, and tentative court date - Fumiko Bradley announced [in March] that she does not want her husband prosecuted and will not cooperate. But the district attorney's office is pursuing the case...
[NY] DV Conviction of White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley was "a great Christmas present for all the women of New York state" - ...Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore wrote in a statement: “The court’s verdict spoke to the courage of credibility of Fumiko Bradley and her faith in the criminal justice system...
BRADLEY GETS 3 YEARS' PROBATION FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE
The Journal News
Rebecca Baker and Ben Rubin
Mar. 17, 2011
[Excerpts] Moments before sentencing former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley on Thursday, the judge blasted his bad behavior toward his estranged wife. "You made a bad decision worse," acting state Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci told him. "You attempted to assault your wife and then, contrary to my order, you intimidated her." She sentenced Bradley, who resigned last month amid the pressures of the trial and a city ethics probe, to three years' probation — the most allowed for a misdemeanor conviction. She also issued a permanent order of protection, barring him from contact with his wife, Fumiko Bradley... The Westchester County District Attorney's Office had asked that Bradley serve jail time. The lead prosecutor in the case, Audrey Stone, said he would be a poor candidate for probation because of his "total and complete inability to accept responsibility" for his actions. "He put his own self-interest before the interest of his wife, before the interest of his children, the legal system and this court," Stone said... [Capeci] said he went to great lengths to portray his case as a "garden-variety divorce" when it was "garden-variety domestic violence." She told Bradley that parts of his defense were "totally implausible" and that he continues to portray himself as the victim... Bradley, 49, was accused of throwing hot tea on his wife Jan. 11, 2010, twice slamming her fingers in a door Feb. 28, 2010, and then trying to intimidate her from testifying against him after his first arrest. Capeci, who convicted him of two misdemeanors and three violations, acquitted him of assault and witness tampering at the nonjury trial... At the sentencing in White Plains, Assistant District Attorney Amy Puerto read a victim impact statement from Fumiko Bradley... "I was married to a powerful politician and afraid of what would happen to my children and me if I broke the silence," she wrote. "I want this case to show that there is justice and hope for anybody to be free from violence"... Rocco Pozzi, the county's probation commissioner, said Bradley would report to a probation officer trained to handle domestic-violence cases. Though the details of his probation are not yet clear... Bradley resigned Feb. 18, a day after the city's Ethics Board held an emergency meeting regarding its investigation against him... [Full article here]
JUDGE SENDS A MESSAGE ON DOMESTIC ABUSE
The Journal News
Mar. 17, 2011
[Excerpts]...[State Supreme Court Justice Susan] Capeci refused to jail Bradley, who was convicted in December on charges of attempted assault, harassment and criminal contempt; he had spent the balance of the last year not only maintaining his innocence but portraying his estranged wife, Fumiko Bradley, as a mope who somehow had been hoodwinked into supporting the legal action against him. It was a defense that was as ungainly and undignified as it was unsuccessful. Capeci told Bradley, a lawyer, as much in the courtroom on Thursday... She called parts of his losing defense "totally implausible" — at one point Bradley maintained that Fumiko Bradley did not sufficiently understand English to understand the criminal complaint sworn out against... "You've shown no remorse." She added that the once-powerful Bradley, a former state legislator, continues to portray himself as the victim... [Full article here]
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