Judge allows Bradley video evidence

April 14, 2011

Video evidence seized by police from the home and offices of accused pedophile pediatrician Earl Bradley can be used at trial, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

In a 43-page ruling released April 13, Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. denied a defense motion to suppress video evidence collected from Bradley’s Lewes properties at the time of his arrest in December 2009.

Based on the videos they obtained, state police detectives linked Bradley to the rape and exploitation of more than 100 children.

Bradley's defense team, Dean Johnson, Stephanie Tsantes and Robert Goff of the Public Defender's Office, sought to suppress video evidence collected during the search of Bradley's Baybees Pediatrics offices on Dec. 16, 2009. The defense argued police exceeded the authority of their search warrant.

Carpenter agreed in part with the defense argument but concluded “investigators would have inevitably found the evidence,” and that it should not be excluded.

The long-awaited ruling follows a two-day hearing that ended Sept. 1, 2010, on the motion to suppress evidence. Jury selection for Bradley’s trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1, in New Castle County Superior Court.