Bradley Convicted, Plans Appeal (Updated)
Former Assemblyman-turned-White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley’s domestic abuse trial ended today with his conviction on five of nine criminal charges.
The Hudson Valley Democrat rejected calls for his resignation, and insisted he will appeal.
“I am innocent, of course, I’m not going to step down. The truth will come out,” Bradley said.
The Times reports Bradley was found guilty of attempted assault, harassment and contempt of court, all misdemeanors, and could face a year in jail when sentenced on March 17, officials said, though it would be unusual if he were to receive jail time given his clean previous record.
He was found guilty of five charges and not guilty of four more, including the most serious charge of third-degree assault by District Court Judge Susan M. Capeci, who heard the case without a jury.
UPDATE: Bradley just released a lengthy statement that starts off:
“Today’s verdict is deeply disappointing, and one with which I disagree.”
“From the beginning, I have been unequivocal in stating that the charges against me were false and unfounded, and that I did not in any way mistreat my wife. I still believe that the truth will ultimately come out in the judicial process, and it is for this reason that I will appeal.”
The rest of the statement appears after the jump.
“The legal basis for this appeal is strong and compelling, including but by no means limited to the following:
– Relevant and germane evidence from doctors and counselors that corroborate my testimony and show my wife’s testimony was untrue were not allowed into evidence or even considered in camera.
– Numerous relevant and material witnesses, including friends and neighbors of my wife, as well as our former au pair, who would have directly refuted allegations against me yet who were prohibited from testifying or were severely restricted in what they could say.
– Notes and testimony from CPS workers who visited our home and interviewed my daughter in the aftermath that portray a very different picture and were not considered in these proceedings.
This trial represents a depravation of due process. It is my strong belief that when these and other facts that were ignored in this court are considered during the appellate process, this decision today will be rightly overturned and justice will ultimately prevail. Most importantly, the truth will come out.
In the meantime I want to very clearly reiterate that, as I have done every day since I took office, I will continue to work as Mayor for the people of White Plains. My commitment to this city and my devotion to my duties as Mayor remain steadfast.
The people of White Plains, and most importantly my children, have the right to know the truth of this matter. My two precious daughters, whom I love more than anything, are my greatest responsibility. I am innocent and I do not want them to have to live with a legacy of lies.
To the many friends and residents in White Plains and beyond who have offered their prayers, love and support for my children and me during this ordeal, I offer my deepest heartfelt thanks.”