Archive for 04/28/2010

Earl Bradley, Monster Pedophile – Trial Date Set

04/28/2010 5 comments

Earl Bradley

Having followed numerous trials, I was a bit surprised that jury selection and a trial date have been set for Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley.  Bradley has been charged with rape or sexual abuse of 103 children.

A case review was scheduled for May 17, but Dean Johnson, public defender, said the hearing was unlikely to take place.  It had been set to see whether the state would offer a plea deal — a prospect he said was highly unlikely.

The case has now been assigned to New Castle County Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. who will oversee proceedings, though it remains in Sussex County Superior Court. The trial date includes only the charges brought in the first indictment, not the second indictment, filed April 19.

Jury selection is slated to begin February 14, 2011 and the trial is on the court docket to begin February 21.

Bradley pleaded not guilty last month to the charges in the first indictment.  He faces another arraignment for 58 additional counts for the rape or abuse of another 24 girls.  Prosecutors filed those charges a little over a week ago.

The second indictment will track separately from the first and prosecutors say it’s possible Bradley may face two trials.

Bradley videotaped many of the assaults and his private attorney admitted that it would be difficult to refute that evidence. Attorney Eugene Maurer Jr. said he was planning a mental-health defense, however that was prior to the AG freezing Bradley’s assets.  Bradley is now represented by the public defender’s office.

Legal experts say Bradley has three options: plead not guilty and force a long and painful trial, admit to all charges or mount a mental-illness defense.

If found guilty, Bradley likely will spend the rest of his life in near solitary confinement.  If declared mentally ill, he would be sent to Delaware Psychiatric Center, which would offer much more freedom of movement.  Even if eventually judged ‘stable’, Bradley would never be a free man.   If released from the mental hospital, he would immediately be transferred to prison.

Bradley is currently being held on $4.71 million bail.

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Vanessa Coleman Jury Selection Has Begun

04/28/2010 4 comments

It’s a daunting task, but Judge Richard Buamgartner, the Prosecution and the Defense arrived in Nashville yesterday to begin questioning of potential jurors for the murder trial of Vanessa Coleman, the only female defendant charged in the carjack, kidnap, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in January 2007.

Several people were cut yesterday.  Some said they knew of the crimes and had already formed an opinion.  Some stated they could not impose the death penalty and one said the brutality of the crimes was ‘unheard of.’

Of the 35 people questioned yesterday, twenty have made the first cut and 15 were dismissed.  The jury pool consists of approximately 110 people.

Individual questioning resumes today and a final jury is expected to be chosen by Friday.  Opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3.  The jury will be bused to Knoxville and the jury will be sequestered.


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