Delaware Supreme Court hears appeal of pedophile ex-pediatrician
Dover, Delaware: This week, a three-member panel of the Delaware Supreme Court heard the appeal of Earl Bradley, a convicted pediatrician who is currently serving a life sentence for his abuse of dozens of young patients.
Bradley was sentenced to 14 life sentences without parole for 14 counts of first-degree rape, in addition to over 160 years in prison for multiple counts of assault and sexual exploitation of a child. His attorney, Robert Goff, is arguing that the police who had a warrant to search for "medical files" in Bradley's office also seized additional evidence that was not covered by the warrant. Goff has asserted that the warrant should not have allowed the police to seize a flash drive containing footage of sex crimes against various children, but should instead have limited police to seizing "the paper and computer medical files of eight patients."
Paul Wallace, the deputy attorney general prosecuting Bradley, argued that the search of the building where the flash drive was found was permissible because it contained the doctor's "work space," and that the flash drive in question was "plugged into a computer when it was found, suggesting that police acted reasonably in thinking that it might contain patient files."
Wednesday's oral arguments lasted less than one hour. During the course of the arguments, the justices asked questions to help them understand the scope of the warrant police used to seize evidence used to convict Bradley. A ruling is expected within the next 90 days.