It's bad enough Judge Carl Bradford, Dechaine's original trial judge, seems unfamiliar with the Sixth Amendment guaranteeing the right to a speedy trial -- Dechaine's motion for retrial based on the exculpatory DNA remains unanswered after seven months.
If even a respected judge like Nancy Mills must be held to this standard in the abstract, what of Judge Carl Bradford
, the original trial judge in the Dennis Dechaine case?
denied the defendant's early request for DNA testing, even when Dechaine
offered to pay the costs.
suffers an obvious conflict of interest.
denies the motion, he
earlier, erroneous prohibition of DNA evidence.
approves the motion, he
Either way, his
gander is cooked.
For if Maine custom prevails, the judge who will say yes or no to granting the new trial will be the same judge, Carl Bradford, whose work on the case has been seriously questioned.