She once looked upon him adoringly, the lawyer who represented her in scrapes with the law, now Jessica Martinez asserts State Senator Dennis Bradley victimized her on their way to federal charges. The former school board chair served as treasurer of Bradley’s 2018 run for state senate, the centerpiece of government allegations that Bradley orchestrated a wire fraud scheme to obtain $180,000 in public money to finance his campaign.
Both have been charged with wire fraud, Martinez additional knocks of providing false information to a federal grand jury and federal agents. Martinez asserts in court documents she was coached by Bradley about what to say jeopardizing her legal standing.
She wants to be separated from the trial to frame herself a victim.
Could this lead to another delay in the trial? Jury selection is scheduled for May 31. If so, it will add still another curious wrinkle to this case bumping against Bradley’s reelection.
Tuesday night party insiders bolted from Bradley to endorse city minister Herron Gaston for the seat. Bradley managed just enough backing to qualify for an August primary.
Let’s assume the trial begins the second week of June and completes by July 1. If convicted Bradley’s options are limited for reelection, if he’s acquitted he’s now emboldened. But even if convicted he’s still on the primary ballot to make his case. He wouldn’t be sentenced likely until October.
If trial is delayed two months he then makes his case under indictment but not convicted with a trial pending.
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