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Former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley: 'I'm still innocent'

The White Plains City Hall and former Mayor

The White Plains City Hall and former Mayor Adam Bradley are seen in this composite photo. Photo Credit: Leslie Barbaro / Westchester County District Attorney's office

A day after an appeals court overturned his domestic violence convictions, former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley said he's eager for another trial.

Bradley's term as mayor was a short one -- just a month after he was sworn into office in 2010, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, Fumiko Bradley. Adam Bradley resisted early pressure to resign but folded in 2011 after he was convicted of attempted assault and harassment.

"I had to resign because I could no longer do what was necessary for the people I represented," the ex-mayor said Thursday in an interview with News12.

On Wednesday, an appeals court overturned Adam Bradley's convictions, concluding he wasn't given a fair trial. He was accused of slamming a door on his wife's hand, but his defense was barred from calling witnesses, including a police detective who would have testified that Fumiko Bradley told them her injury was accidental, not intentional.

Adam Bradley said it wasn't only the police detective's testimony that could have exonerated him -- notes from a social worker who interviewed Celena, one of the couple's two daughters, reveal Celena Bradley said, "Daddy did not push Mommy" when authorities asked her what happened.

But the former mayor said he wouldn't allow his then-4-year-old daughter on the witness stand, even if it meant the difference between exoneration and guilt.

"As [with] every decision I have made both during this case and before this case, my focus was on what was best for my daughter," Adam Bradley told News12. "I was never going to make her testify."

He produced copies of documents he said the judge would not allow his attorneys to use in his defense -- including a series of bizarre emails from his ex-wife and a letter from the director of Kodomono Kuni, a White Plains-based Japanese school that fired Fumiko Bradley from her teaching position.

In the emails, Fumiko Bradley tells her husband he eats "like a pig," doesn't make enough time for her and doesn't defend his wife when others call her "crazy." One email ends simply with "Loser!"

The letter from the Kodomono Kuni director, Kuniko Hayatsu, says Fumiko Bradley was fired, in part, for a combative attitude and "spreading groundless rumors" about fellow teachers.

On Wednesday, Fumiko Bradley's attorney, Neal Comer, said his client was "surprised" and "full of questions about what happens next" in the legal process. Fumiko Bradley could be called to testify again in a new trial.

On Wednesday, the Westchester County district attorney's office said prosecutors would review their options, which could involve a retrial.

Adam Bradley told News12 he hopes the district attorney does try him again so he can prove his innocence in court.

"I said I was innocent from day one," he said, "and I'm still innocent today."

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