WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINs/WCBS 880) – The mayor of White Plains was found guilty Thursday in a domestic abuse case involving his wife.
Despite the verdict, Mayor Adam Bradley remains defiant, reports CBS 2’s Jay Dow.
Just minutes after being found guilty on multiple counts in his criminal domestic violence trial, White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley walked out of the Westchester County Courthouse with a message for his constituents.
“I am not stepping down, because I have a lot of work to do for the city of White Plains,” Bradley said. “I am going to continue to do it. This will be reversed.”
Inside the courtroom, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci found Bradley guilty of third-degree attempted assault, and a more serious Class A misdemeanor of second-degree contempt for violating a judge’s order of protection. Bradley was also found guilty on three lesser harassment violations.
The victim, the mayor’s estranged wife Fumiko Bradley, was not at the courthouse on Thursday, but her divorce attorney spoke outside the courthouse.
“As I was walking out of the courtroom, the mayor, in fact, came up to me and said, ‘I hope you’re happy,’” Fumiko’s lawyer, Neal Comer, said. “I said there was nothing to be happy about.”
Bradley faced a total of nine misdemeanors and violations, and was accused of slamming his wife’s hand in a door during an argument back in February.
He said fighting on is not just about his political career.
“This is also about my children, who I love more than anything,” Bradley said. “They know what was really happening in my house, and I don’t want them to have a legacy of lies.”
“Most people look for their day in court. I got a third of my witnesses on the stand, and they were allowed to testify to maybe a quarter of what they knew,” the mayor’s attorney, Luis Penichet, said.
Penichet said not only will Mayor Bradley stay on the job, with he will appeal all five guilty counts and retry the case in the spring.
Bradley’s sentencing is scheduled for March. He faces up to one year in jail, but because he has no prior record, the district attorney’s offices said Bradley could end up getting probation or being ordered to take anger management classes.