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Earl Bradley – No Jury Trial?


This Monday, Earl Bradley, charged with sexually abusing more than 100 children in his pediatric practice, is expected to appear in New Castle County Court to waive his right to a jury trial.

See the original story here.

Citing a gag order, neither the prosecution or defense would comment, but the mother of one of the victims indicated she was told by the prosecution that Bradley intends to ask for a bench trial.

Bradley will appear Monday and be questioned by Judge Carpenter to determineif his decision for a bench trial is, “knowing and voluntary.”

A bench trial would be speedier than a jury trial as it would eliminate the daunting task of trying to seat an unbiased jury.

Several stipulations are also under discussion, particularly not showing the videos made by Bradley molesting children in open court should the decision be made that a June 1 jury trial will proceed.
Some lawyers have expressed doubt that Bradley will actually waive his right.
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  1. ritanita
    05/08/2011 at 8:22 am

    Bradley knows a jury trial would do him no good at all. As far as the videos go, they should be used in the trial, but not broadcast beyond the courtroom. My heart goes out to the families who will be present for their viewing, but I think justice trumps in this case.

  2. 05/12/2011 at 11:35 pm

    When I read about this a few moments ago, I knew I had to come here to see what you had to say about it donchais. I remember when this story broke and we were all horrified by it.

    It would be best for all concerned if he does proceed with a bench trial, especially for the families of the victims.

  3. Joannie
    05/15/2011 at 8:18 am

    When were these videos taken? The scenario desribes the antics that were going on in upstate New York in the 1980’s to present time. Are these the missing videos that could release Prudence Shagwell, the child prostitute of Bruce F and Pat P from being eternally locked up in psycho wards? Physician’s from surrounding areas were called to examine the hundred’s of sexually exploited victims. Could Dr Earl Bradley be one of them?

  4. donchais
    05/15/2011 at 8:51 am

    I sincerely doubt any connection. That would have been before Bradley’s time and the videos are from the past 10 years – all in Delaware.

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