Former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley will stand trial again on domestic violence charges early next year, this time before a Westchester County jury.
On Tuesday, state Supreme Court judge Richard Molea set Jan. 10 for a preliminary hearing in the retrial of the former mayor on charges of attempted assault and harassment charges against his ex-wife. The move comes one day after prosecutors for Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said they will retry Bradley. Molea granted his request for a jury trial and dismissed a criminal contempt charge for allegedly breaking a court order not to contact his ex-wife.
Outside the White Plains courtroom on Tuesday, Bradley was defiant, but said he was confident that a jury trial would give him an opportunity to clear his name.
"I'm looking forward to getting a fair trial, at which point I believe that I will be vindicated," he said. "I was innocent then and I'm innocent now."
Bradley called the retrial political persecution by the DA's office, but declined to speculate on why he believed DiFiore, a Democrat, would target him.
"I think the district attorney is seeking to get notches in her belt instead of trying to do what is just and honest," he said.
Bradley was found guilty by a judge in 2010 of attempting to assault his wife, Fumiko Bradley, by slamming a door on her fingers. He was also convicted of harassment. Bradley, a Democrat and former state assemblyman, was considered a rising star in New York politics before charges were filed against him. He resigned as mayor after his conviction.
But the defense was barred from calling witnesses who would have testified that Fumiko Bradley told them her injury was accidental, not intentional. That, in part, led to the conviction being overturned.
"It is unconscionable the district attorney would go forward with the knowledge that the key witness will take the stand and perjure herself," Bradley's attorney, Amy Bellantoni, said.
A State Supreme Court panel said they decided to overturn Adam Bradley's conviction after the original trial judge "improperly precluded the defendant from adducing testimony which showed that his wife told others that the bedroom door was accidentally closed on her hand."
Fumiko Bradley has maintained her ex-husband abused her and has said she believed the evidence against him was strong. The couple had two daughters together, and an order of protection prohibits Adam Bradley from contacting his ex-wife.
"My children have been alienated from me and my entire family," he said Tuesday.
Bradley says his ex-wife suffers from "mental issues" and said he was preparing to release copies of "angry" emails purportedly sent by his ex-wife before the trial. He promised to share the documents with the media at a later date.
A call to Fumiko Bradley's attorney Tuesday was not immediately returned.
"My political advisers told me I should release them, but I refused. I wanted to protect my children, I didn't want to publicly disparage their mother while I was mayor. At that point I thought I would get a fair trial. Unfortunately, I was wrong."