According to various media sources, White Plains Mayor and former Assemblyman Adam Bradley has been arraigned in White Plains City Court after he was arrested for the crime of Assault in the 3rd Degree pursuant to New York Penal Law section 120.00. It is alleged that the politician got into a dispute with his wife, grabbed her arm, put her finger in the area of the door frame and closed the door. As a result, it is alleged that his wife sustained an injury to her finger.
Although the reports do not appear to indicate Mrs. Adams suffered a serious injury, as I noted in a previous blog entry, when one uses a dangerous instrument (a door can constitute as such) to perpetrate the crime of Assault in the Third Degree, the offense can be elevated to a “D” felony of Assault in the Second Degree, pursuant to New York Penal Law section 120.05(2). This crime is punishable by up to seven years in state prison as opposed to the misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year.
Despite the potential gravity of such an accusation, Mayor Bradley has adamantly maintained that he never mistreated his wife.
For further reading on the crimes of Assault in the Third Degree and Assault in the Second Degree, please read this entry.