For repeatedly violating conditions of her pretrial release, a federal judge has ordered home confinement for former school board chair Jessica Martinez awaiting trial with State Senator Dennis Bradley on campaign finance charges.
The lockdown centers on Martinez’s cocaine use and failure to participate in a drug treatment program.
Martinez may leave her residence for activities approved by her probation officer such as drug treatment, court appearances and medical purposes.
Martinez’s substance abuse was a key factor in her removal as Board of Education chair. She had repeatedly denied any issues with drugs.
Martinez and Bradley, her former attorney, await federal trial charged with multiple counts of wire fraud for alleged violations of Connecticut’s public finance system. Martinez was charged with additional counts of providing false statements to federal law enforcement and a grand jury. Martinez says she was manipulated by Bradley during the whole process including what to say to federal authorities.
Bradley, fighting for his political life, faces a Tuesday Democratic primary against party-endorsed Herron Gaston, a city faith leader and assistant chief administrative officer.
From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:
“Though the court scheduled the show cause hearing with the hope and expectation that the defendant would use the time period to address her issues with using cocaine, communicating with her probation officer and consistently attending drug treatment, the written status report filed on July 25, 2022 and the verbal update provided today in court, covering the time frame from July 26, 2022 through August 4, 2022, revealed that the defendant continues to violate the conditions of her release,” U.S. District Judge Robert M. Spector stated following the hearing Thursday afternoon.
On July 11, the judge issued a written order finding there was “clear and convincing evidence” that Martinez had violated the conditions of her release based on her continued cocaine use and her repeated failure to participate in drug treatment.
“Although the defendant appears to have acknowledged that she is regularly using cocaine, her participation in intensive outpatient drug treatment continues to be sporadic, according to the July 25, 2022 status report filed in this case, and she continues to test positive for cocaine, as evidenced by her positive drug tests on or about July 25, 2022 and July 26, 2022,” the judge stated Thursday.
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