As he prepares for another trial on domestic violence charges, former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley is vowing to "clear his name" and accuses Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore of waging a politically motivated campaign against him.
On Monday, prosecutors for DiFiore's office said they will retry Bradley on several counts of attempted assault and harassment, nearly a month after his 2010 conviction for assaulting his wife was overturned by an appeals court.
Bradley's lawyer said the move to retry reflects desperation and is unreasonable.
"This is a desperate attempt to cling to the last thread of a politically motivated prosecution," said Amy Bellantoni, Bradley's attorney.
Lucien Chalfen, a spokesman for DiFiore's office, declined to detail the DA's reasons for Bradley's retrial but said both sides are due back in White Plains court Tuesday morning to set a trial date.
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 resigned as the city's mayor after his conviction.
But the ex-mayor's 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," 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."
Through his spokesman, Adam Bradley said he's looking forward to the retrial so his name will be cleared.
"I was innocent then and I am innocent now," he said in a statement Monday. "If the prosecutors doubt that, let them hear from all the witnesses the former trial judge refused to allow to testify. We cannot have prosecutors and courts abuse the rights of people for their own ambition, or because a case gets salacious media attention."
Fumiko Bradley has maintained her ex-husband abused her and 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.
The former mayor still faces a criminal contempt charge for allegedly breaking a court order not to contact his ex-wife.
With The Associated Press