Two months after being convicted on five of nine domestic violence charges, the mayor of White Plains resigned. Initially determined to maintain his public office, he discovered that the fallout from the trial and lingering appeal were too distracting for the city's needs. He also said he had to focus on personal matters like clearing his name and reputation. The mayoral seat will be filled by the city's Common Council president, and a special election will be held later this year to name a permanent replacement.
All of the domestic violence charges against the mayor were misdemeanors, including one count of attempted third-degree assault, one count of contempt of court, and three counts of second-degree harassment. (New York state law bars those convicted of felonies, but not misdemeanors, from holding office.) Currently under appeal, the mayor's sentencing, which was originally scheduled for March 17, is postponed. However, with no prior convictions on his record, it is doubtful that any jail time will be served.
Accusations between the two divorcing parties in this case include kicking, slamming fingers in doors, throwing scalding liquid and violating an order of protection. The couple has two very young daughters and filed for divorce last September. An unsuccessful appeal could have a negative effect on the custody settlement for the former mayor.
Persons who have been victimized by domestic violence should be aware of their rights, just as individuals who have been accused of domestic violence have the right to be presumed innocent unless proven otherwise, regardless of media stories surrounding a particular case.
Source: nytimes.com, "Adam Bradley, convicted White Plains mayor, resigns," Feb. 18, 2012
Source: nytimes.com, "Guilty Verdict for White Plains Mayor in Domestic Violence Case," Nate Schweber, Dec. 10, 2011