Doctor Convicted Of Raping Patients Sends Letter Before Appeal

9:16 AM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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(DELAWARE ONLINE) -- Breaking his silence for the first time since his arrest two and a half years ago, former Lewes pediatrician Earl B. Bradley wrote a letter to the Delaware Supreme Court explaining why his convictions for raping his young patients should be tossed out.

The state's highest court is set to hear arguments in Bradley's appeal on Aug. 15, but the former physician will not be in the courtroom. Criminal defendants do not sit in on such proceedings as a matter of policy.

Bradley, 59, apparently bypassed his attorneys to send the 15-page handwritten letter directly to the justices. In it, he spells out his legal criticisms of a state police search that led to the discovery of dozens of videos showing him raping and abusing children.

Bradley was convicted at a June 2011 bench trial of raping 85 girls and one boy - the victims' average age was 3 - over more than decade, making him one of the worst known pedophiles in U.S. history. He was sentenced to 14 life terms in prison, plus 164 years.

His attorneys did not contest the state's evidence at the trial. Bradley did not testify, and has not spoken at other court appearances beyond answering the judge with a "yes" or "no."

In the letter, Bradley never addresses the content of the videos or his crimes. He also doesn't admit guilt or apologize to his victims or their families. Instead he makes essentially the same arguments his public defenders made in his previous appeal hearing: that the search of Bradley's office was invalid and, therefore, the conviction based on that evidence should be overturned.

Prosecutors declined to comment on the letter Thursday, and Bradley's defense attorneys could not be reached for comment.

Bradley, who is serving his sentence at the state prison near Smyrna, writes that he was not informed of and does not expect to be invited to oral arguments during the appeal, so "I submit two documents which I hope might be read and discussed at the hearing."

Bradley then expresses outrage at the "assaults" on "basic and core privacy rights" by police during the December 2009 search of his pediatrics office. He adds that the explanations for the search are an "offense to common sense."


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