Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bradley Charged with Making Criminal Threats

According to John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse, troubled outfielder Milton Bradley has been arrested and booked on felony charges of making criminal threats.  The police received a phone call from an unidentified woman saying she'd been threatened at around 8:50 a.m. yesterday morning.  Bradley was held on $50,000 bail, and was released when bond was posted at 5:40 p.m.  A preliminary court date has been set for February 3rd.

Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik had this to say regarding the situation.
"After reaching Milton Bradley's representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles,'' the statement read. "While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further."
This is just another sad incident in Bradley's sad, star-crossed career.  Still, as Craig Calcaterra mentioned in his first article of the day, we shouldn't convict Bradley in the court of public opinion just yet.  While he's led a troubled public life, Bradley has been convicted nothing.  Everything we may've heard is hearsay at this point.  Also, the way the law is written, it's pretty subjective.  In order to be convicted of making criminal threats, the victim not only has to take the threat seriously, but also "be placed in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety."  Depending on the evidence, that might be a tough case to prove. 

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