Court remains quiet as questions surround termination of ethics prosecutor

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Guam – Late Monday afternoon marked the last day on the job for Guam Bar Ethics Prosecutor Bruce Bradley, who was escorted out of the Superior Court. His termination is enshrouded in questions, as the judiciary remains quiet on the matter .

The Judiciary of Guam has refused to provide any further details surrounding the abrupt termination ofBradley.  Seeking answers PNC contacted court Spokesperson Shawn Gumataotao.  He stood by Supreme Court Chief Justice Katherine Maraman’s vague statement regarding the termination of the Ethics Prosecutor.

“Bruce A. Bradley is no longer an employee of the Judiciary of Guam. The position of Ethics Prosecutor is an unclassified position, an-at will appointment accountable to the Chief Justice. We have started a search for Mr. Bradley’s replacement. The Ethics Committee will continue its work. The public confidence in the attorney and judiciary disciplinary systems should not be affected,” Chief Justice Maraman said in that released statement.

While the court’s reassures that public confidence in the attorney and judiciary disciplinary systems should not be affected and the ethic committee will continue its work, questions regarding his termination still loom.

Questions such as:
1. Was Bradley’s termination related to harassment or misconduct?
2. Was Bradley’s termination related to a bias in cases investigated by the Ethic’s Prosecutor?

Or is it both?

Bradley was tasked with disciplining and disbarring lawyers and judges who failed to uphold the code of ethics.

We took a look at the public record of cases on Attorney Discipline.  This is what we found: In the last ten years, there were eight attorneys investigated by the Ethics Prosecutor for various offenses.  Of those eight lawyers, seven are male. Of those investigated, resolution was brought forth in three of the cases.  One male individual was disbarred, while a second male attorney granted a request to resign from practicing law. The third individual—a female attorney, was also granted resignation following a two year suspension from practicing law.

As for the question regarding harassment or misconduct Gumataotao further declined to comment stating that Bradely is an “at-will” employee and his employment is at the discretion of Chief Justice Maraman.

We should note that when it comes to complaints of harassment or misconduct the Judiciary has an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy which would handle the complaints, those complaints are not public record.

Now that Bradley is terminated other questions also arise: what is his affiliation with the Guam Bar Association, and is Bradley subject to removal.

Guam Bar Association President Jacque Terlaje told PNC that she has not received any word regarding Bradley’s termination adding that its at the courts discretion to notify the Guam Bar.

PNC has also reached out to Bradley, however, no response was available as of news time today.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.