As he faces a second trial for a 2010 arrest that ultimately cost him his position as mayor of White Plains, Adam Bradley said today he is confident that new evidence expected to be introduced this time will result in a not guilty verdict.
Jury selection for Bradley's second trial is set to begin April 8. The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn overturned Bradley's 2010 conviction of domestic violence charges stemming from an incident involving his estranged wife Fumiko Bradley in October. The Westchester County District Attorney's office has since moved to re-try the former mayor.
Bradley and his attorney Amy Bellantoni were in White Plains court before Judge Richard Molea this morning to set a trial date and discuss pre-trial arrangements with the prosecution. Outside, an upbeat Bradley told reporters he expects the testimony of at least three people barred from the first trial to make the difference the second time around.
“I’m looking forward to my new trial,” Bradley said. “Assuming I get a fair trial, I know the truth will come out, unfortunately it’s been many years too late, but the truth is the truth and it will stay the truth.”
The appeals court ruled that Bradley's defense should have been able to call witnesses to challenge Fumiko's credibility during the original trial. Bradley said the new witnesses will "make a huge difference" this time. A marriage counselor who met with Bradley and Fumiko is expected to be among the witnesses.
“All these people still exist, so hopefully it’s a fair trial," Bradley said. "The truth will come out, I’ll be vindicated."
The second trial will go before a jury, a change from the bench trial that led to the original conviction. Bradley said he learned from the first trial, when Judge Susan Capeci wrongly convicted him.
The former mayor was convicted of attempted assault and harassment in 2010. He was sentenced to three years probation before the conviction was overturned.
After initially refusing to resign, Bradley stepped down as mayor two months after his conviction. He has maintained his innocence throughout, calling the alleged incidents accidents.
Bradley has since been charged with violating a court order by contacting Fumiko after the trial. Bradley has blamed the calls on accidental "butt dials" from having his cell phone in his pocket.