Political intrigue, personal tragedy in Westchester court

The political career of White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley was dealt a blow today when he was found guilty of domestic violence charges, convicted of attempted assault,  criminal contempt and harassment of his wife, Fumiko Bradley. Read more about the case and Bradley’s reaction here.

The courtroom was packed with media, attorneys and many interested onlookers. Bradley walked into court at 9:30 a.m. and sat in the gallery next to his private spokesman, Darren Grubb. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci allowed cameras in the courtroom — a rarity in Westchester County Court. But to avoid a dozen photographers and videographers in the jury box, the judge asked The Journal News to be the pool photographer and WABC7 to be the pool videographer.

The judge walked in at 9:40 a.m. She took about a minute to read her verdict. She convicted the mayor of two misdemeanors and three violations but acquitted him of three misdemeanor counts of assault and one of witness tampering. She offered no explanation of how she reached her decision.

By 9:45 a.m., the courtroom was cleared so Capeci could take other cases.

One floor above the Bradley proceeding, a personal tragedy was unfolding for two families. Westchester County Judge James Hubert sentenced 16-year-old Brain Sabia to seven years in prison for smashing into Irvington Police Officer Luigi Osso in April, nearly killing him with a stolen car. Osso, who requires round-the-clock care, came to court with his wife, personal nurse and a throng of supporters, including several Irvington officers. Sabia, who was prosecuted as an adult, apologized for putting so many people through “hell.” Osso didn’t speak, but his wife’s victim impact statement was heartbreaking. You can read about the court proceeding and case here.

White Plains’ mayor due in court for domestic violence case

UPDATE: Mayor opts for bench trial in November. Click here to read more.

A week after White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley and his wife Fumiko filed separate divorce papers, the mayor will be back in court tomorrow as his criminal domestic violence case moves forward.

His lawyers and prosecutors will have a pre-trial conference Thursday morning with Westchester County Judge Susan Capeci, who also is handling the divorce proceedings as part of the county’s integrated domestic violence court.

In signed statements and e-mails to her neighbor, Fumiko Bradley, the mayor’s wife of eight years, outlined a pattern of abuse by her husband, with escalating verbal and physical confrontations over the years, especially during his mayoral run last fall.

She accused him of slamming her fingers in a doorway, throwing hot tea on her, squeezing her arms so hard they bruised and pushing her down a flight of stairs. She also said Bradley pressured her to drop the case or take the blame for the accusations, including pressing her to go to a mental institution and say she was crazy.

The mayor has declined to comment on the allegations, saying he will address them only in court.

Bradley, whose wife has a protective order against him, faces nine misdemeanor and violation charges that include assault, witness tampering and harassment. He is also facing an ethics probe in the city, stemming from his relationship with his new landlord.

The mayor, who divorced his first wife in 1994, has two young daughters with Fumiko Bradley. The couple no longer live together.