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Wrong Carl Bradford?

Carl O. Bradford

Superior Court Justice

Maine Superior Court

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Employment History

Partner, Powers and Bradford

Powers & Bradford, Freeport, Maine


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Personalities

CARL BRADFORD is WYAR's resident Jazz expert.
In addition to his weekly jazz show on WYAR, Carl is known as Justice Bradford, a trial judge in the Maine Superior Court. Always busy, Carl is also the leader of the Port City Jazz Sextet and the Port City Four, both of which feature the jazz side of the Great American Songbook. Carl grew up in Detroit, Michigan, a hotbed of jazz during the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. In 2001, Carl approached Gary King, the founder of WYAR, with the outline of what would become Jazz At Y-A-R . The rest is history.


Talent Matters

In approving the $65 million settlement in that case, the Honorable Carl Bradford, Judge of the Maine Superior Court stated, "I'll join my learned colleagues from this and other jurisdiction[s] in commending counsel in arriving at something that represents a great deal of hard work and a great deal of ingenuity in putting together a settlement of this magnitude and complexity…"


Talent Matters

In approving the $65 million settlement in that case, the Honorable Carl Bradford, Judge of the Maine Superior Court stated, "I'll join my learned colleagues from this and other jurisdiction[s] in commending counsel in arriving at something that represents a great deal of hard work and a great deal of ingenuity in putting together a settlement of this magnitude and complexity…"


Letters to the editor, Aug. 7, 2010 Dechaine case keeps readers involved

Remarkably, not even a hearing date has been set by Judge Carl Bradford, the original trial judge who, by statute, holds the authority to rule on the motion
It is not too late, therefore, for Bradford to recuse himself in the public's interest of avoiding an apparent conflict of interest. I'm not questioning Bradford's integrity; I'm confident he made all his trial decisions believing they were right in terms of due process and fairness. Among these are his ruling against Dechaine's pre-trial request for DNA testing (the results of which now strongly suggest his innocence), and his prohibiting testimony regarding alternative suspects, leading the jury to believe there were none (though now we know clearly there were). But the public's confidence in its judicial system requires there be not even the appearance of such a conflict. And yet, to rule on Dechaine's motion, Bradford will have to choosebetween approving it, thus implicating himself in having obstructed due process, or rejecting it, even more damaging in its suggestion of his serving the personal interest of his judicial reputation. Let's give Dennis a new trial and stop this once and for all, without Judge Bradford sitting on the bench.


Trial&Error -- News

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? Bradford denied the defendant's early request for DNA testing, even when Dechaine offered to pay the costs. Bradford suffers an obvious conflict of interest. If he denies the motion, he defends his earlier, erroneous prohibition of DNA evidence. If he approves the motion, he admits his earlier mistake. 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.


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