A lighter moment in mayor’s domestic violence trial

At every trial, no matter how grave the allegations, there are moments of levity. It was no different today during the domestic violence trial of White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley (left) in Westchester County Court.

When one witness — a friend and neighbor of the Bradleys — was asked if she could identify the  mayor in the courtroom, she described a man wearing “a dark suit, red tie and light blue shirt.”

One problem — Bradley’s lawyer, Luis Andrew Penichet, was wearing the exact same ensemble.

When Judge Susan Capeci pointed this out, the courtroom filled with laughter and Penichet threw up his arms and said he would stipulate that the witness was describing his client.

The rest of the trial was serious, as Penichet defended the mayor against six misdemeanor charges and three violations that include assault, witness tampering and harassment. Two White Plains police officers and the Bradley’s neighbor took the stand, but their testimony took a back seat to that of Fumiko Bradley, the mayor’s wife, who brought the original charges against her husband in February.

To read more about the trial’s first day, click here.

You are cordially invited …

To attend the swearing-in ceremony for Westchester County Judge Susan Capeci at 4 p.m. Thursday in Courtroom 200 at the county courthouse in White Plains. It’s open to the public.

Capeci was elected to a full 10-year term in November. She had been appointed to the bench in April by Gov. David Paterson to fill a vacancy left by Judge Francis Nicolai, who was elected to the state Supreme Court.

Capeci was a lawyer for the Mount Vernon Water Department and a defense lawyer for more than 20 years. She is on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester and was campaign manager for county Judge Susan Cacace, a former Westchester prosecutor, in 2005.

County Court judges generally preside over felony criminal cases. The annual salary for county and state judges is $136,700.