John Bradley: Diary Of A Sore Loser

John Bradley seems content to continue his game of blame. Sources say Bradley has been chewing sour grapes since the citizens of Williamson County sent him packing in a resounding defeat at the polls in May. Oddly, Bradley has only been seen at his office a handful of times since his May 29th defeat.

Now, according to sources, Bradley has met with District Judges and is attempting to meet with county commissioners to garner support for creating two positions for indigent defense appellate work; one for himself and the other for Kristen Jernigan. 

Even more, according to sources, Bradley was notified (again while he was out of the office) of District Attorney Elect Jana Duty’s intentions not to retain certain staff members in the District Attorney’s office. Sources say Bradley contacted several media outlets in an attempt to gain a negative story about Duty’s re-staffing. Ironically, public perception of the re-staffing is quite positive for Duty and Bradley’s attempts to generate negative press has backfired badly.

The Statesman published a story this morning about the shakeup. Several quotes in the story are quite puzzling. Bradley described those let go as “good and professional employees” and said Duty was “blinded by her political hatred.” The only person that seems to be blinded by “political hatred” is Bradley himself. According to sources, he offered no phone call to Duty after the May election and no attempts to assist Duty with a smooth transition over the past six months.

Bradley still hasn’t come to grips that he lost, and lost badly. He still hasn’t come to the realization that his life in politics is over. He also seems not to have accepted the District Attorney’s office now belongs to Duty and if he had the best interest of Williamson County in mind, he would be working with her, since May, not against her. This isn’t about Duty winning or Bradley losing, but about what is best for the citizens of Williamson County.  But as we saw in the Morton case, everything is about John Bradley and “winning”, not what is “right” for the justice system or community. Bradley could not accept defeat at the hands of John Raley then with the Morton case and certainly has shown he cannot now.  

Rob Kepple, executive director of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association said “It’s not unusual to have a lot of changes early on. Everybody gets to set their office up and get the people in that they want.”

Two attorneys, Lindsey Roberts and Kristen Jernigan were notified they would not be retained by Duty also commented to the Statesman. “Given the depth of my experience as a prosecutor, it makes no sense that she (Duty) would make any assumptions without ever having met or spoken with me in the eight years that I have been with the district attorney’s office,” Roberts said.

Jernigan said she had never met Duty either. “The reason I stayed on was that I’m the only appellate lawyer here,” she said, “and if I left, it would leave the office in a bad position.”

These two were highlighted in a Texas Monthly article a few days ago. (See page 6 of the article for details by clicking here) Pam Colloff does an outstanding job with this detailed story. The article skewered Roberts, Jernigan and Bradley for their role in the Morton case. It was Roberts and Jernigan who fought the test results of the blue bandana that was a key piece of evidence that exonerated Morton and identified Mark Norwood. Even after DNA results showed Norwood’s DNA on the bandana, Roberts and Jernigan fought on. It wasn’t until the match also showed Norwood was linked to the Debra Baker murder in Austin. Norwood has been indicted for the Morton and Baker murders. That link left Bradley, Jernigan and Roberts no other “out” and they had to relent. If it were not for the link to the Baker murder, speculation is, they would be fighting the DNA results to this day.

According to the Statesman, Lindsey Roberts sent Duty a letter this week calling her statements to the American-Statesman untrue and threatening possible litigation, saying Duty’s claims could “damage his reputation”. We can only wonder if he also sent the Texas Monthly the same letter for their article that highlighted his war against testing the bandana and continuing his fight even after the results were known.

According to several sources, Roberts has stated he has future political aspirations to run for District Judge in 2014.

Bottom line, the office now belongs to Duty. The voters of Williamson County spoke loudly in May and even more so in November. It is up to Duty to restore public trust to the DA’s office, something that is sorely lacking; and a re-staffing of the office is a start.

The election is over. It is time to heal. It’s time Bradley acts as a professional and assists with a smooth transition and moves on January 1. Unfortunately, based on his selfish actions, that will not happen. With that said, in the lyrics of a well-known 80’s band …It’s alright…let's turn the page…and remember what I say, it goes this way… John, don't go away mad… John…just go away.


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  • 11/17/2012 12:53 PM Katy L wrote:
    LOL LOVE the last line! SO true! And kudos to Jana for a good house cleaning. These people helped keep an innocent man in prison. They should go.
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  • 11/17/2012 12:57 PM Round Rock Express wrote:
    I read the article. Whiners and sore losers. Move on.
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  • 11/17/2012 1:26 PM Concerned Voter wrote:
    Jana was elected to clean up the mess in the DA's office. Some of the people in that office are known to have been given a free pass by John Bradley. Thankfully Jana has started fixing things even before she has started. I'm looking forward to Jana bringing that office into the 21st century.

    I will be honest, however, and say that I do have some concern as to why she is keeping ANYONE that was a part of John Bradley's office or trained by Bradley. It is very hard to re-train people, and I'm concerned that the people left behind are also going to continue the old ways and undermine the things Jana Duty will try to do.

    As the old adage goes..."you can't teach an old dog new tricks." Words to live by, and some advice for the new DA.
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  • 11/17/2012 2:27 PM Confused wrote:
    Duty said they were “indoctrinated in the John Bradley school of thought" and Lindsey and McGowen send her a threat letter saying she damaged their reputation by saying this? I’m confused. They WERE indoctrinated in the John Bradley school of thought. Obviously Lindsey and McGowen must think that is a bad thing since they think Duty saying the obvious hurts them. NEWS FLASH! IT IS! That is why WE the people FIRED John Bradley. Why would she want anyone “created in his image” to remain. Truth hurts!
    And this Lindsey guy wants to run for District Judge? What a joke. We don’t want any more” John Bradley’s”. Get over it and move on. The people have spoken.
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  • 11/17/2012 2:30 PM Gtown wrote:
    Lindsey Roberts said he has been a lawyer for 20 years and is “extremely proud of what I had accomplished.”

    I bet Michael Morton would beg to differ.
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    1. 11/17/2012 2:47 PM Wilco Voter wrote:
      "Pride comes before the Fall"

      -Proverbs 16:18

      Oh wait, maybe I shouldn't post this...the county Judge might come after me, like he did that poor lady that had a "Vote the Bible" shirt on during the election.
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  • 11/17/2012 2:37 PM question for the people wrote:
    Does anyone out there know if anyone in the DA's office actually reads blogs? I mean they only deal in paper and fax and really do nothing on the computer, so I wonder if the message on this blog is actually getting back to the people that work for the District Attorney's office right now? (i.e. Lindsey, other ADAs?)
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  • 11/17/2012 2:45 PM Legal Minds wrote:
    I know that comment was tongue in cheek but you're right, they still use a fax machine. They are bassackwards like you wouldn't believe in that office. Paper files and faxes. Bradley likes it like that though. Nothing digital. That way if something goes "missing" there is no trail to track. Duty is going to have her hands full modernizing that office. The Bradley mindset needed to go.
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  • 11/17/2012 3:10 PM Friend of Sun City wrote:
    Mr. Roberts is a good man. Do not believe the liberal media that is trying to demonize everyone that worked for Mr. Bradley. The same thing that happened to Governor Romney and Governor Palin is happening here, and I wish the voters would have realized that before they voted Mrs. Duty in.

    I will be supporting Mr. Roberts for judge, and I suspect that will be soon, given this whole "Court of Inquiry" debacle.
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    1. 11/17/2012 4:26 PM Even more confused. wrote:
      What? Did you read the Texas Monthly article???

      I'm sure 75% of the county would NEVER support anyone that worked under John Bradley to be a judge. The people that worked under him need to move out of the county and start fresh somewhere else.

      If they don't, I look forward to campaigning against them when they do run. I hope the Watchdog keeps an eye on these Bradley Prosecutors- especially McGowen and Roberts and lets us know when they decide to run for office.
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    2. 11/17/2012 4:26 PM Bah Dah Bing wrote:
      The Watchdog is "liberal" LOL That's a first. The libs accused the Watchdog of being partisan toward Republicans just last week.
      Nice to see you will be supporting Mini Bradley. If he runs, he will lose. But I think he will change his mind. He wouldn't want an "October surprise".
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    3. 11/17/2012 6:42 PM ADDP wrote:
      I guess you probably think Morton is guilty too. Your comment is an epic fail. So is Bradley and anyone associated with him.
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  • 11/17/2012 9:48 PM sara p wrote:
    Just read the Statesman story. So Roberts and Jernigan never met or talked to Duty. Duty has been the County Attorney for 8 years and they have worked right across the hallway. That doesn't make sense. Even after the primary they don't make an effort to meet her or speak with her? Why would she keep them? She is doing the right thing by hiring her own staff.
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  • 11/18/2012 12:43 PM ConcernedWilcoVoter wrote:
    I'm confused as to the comments Irene B. Odom made in the Sun article. She stated Duty fired all the victim advocates in the District Attorney's office. Is it not true that she resigned and she still works in that office until the end of the year? I understand 1 of the 3 advocates took another job in Odessa, while the 3rd advocate is currently employed in the District Attorney's office as well. Why would Irene B. Odom just downright lie about this? Has she checked out and now refusing to work with victims she claims to be an advocate for. Why is she trying to blame Jana Duty for the lack of victim advocacy in the District Attorney's office? This just blows my mind. The victims of Williamson County deserve better from an advocate. Shame on you, Irene B. Odom, for letting politics influence your work with the victims of Williamson County. It's time for you to move on along with John Bradley & company. Looks like Jana Duty is being set up to have a total mess to deal with in the District Attorney's office when she takes office. I have the utmost confidence in Jana Duty and her staff to take care of the messes John Bradley & company leave her with; wish she could take over now! Welcome Jana Duty!
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    1. 11/18/2012 6:18 PM Wilco Voter wrote:
      Is anyone even working in the DA's office now? I think they've all checked out--even the "replacement refs" Bradley has hired.
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      1. 1/26/2013 4:31 PM MomJD wrote:
        I worked with Kristen Jernigan when she first started out at the Texas AG's Office. She was a flaming ass kisser, and soon became a favorite of the division chief (who was later fired for incompetence and then shot himself). When Kristen left to go to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Rick Wetzel was on a tear to hire as many marginal attorneys as he could before he, too, got fired), Kristen left behind at the OAG a caseload that was a total mess. How ironic that she should assert her own critical value to the Wilco DA's Office as the only appellate attorney there. John could have had his pick of many fine attorneys in his heyday -- what a shame he imploded his office and his legacy by hiring a suck-up who was both a shitty habeas lawyer and a yes woman who would never suggest doing the right thing over making the boss happy. John has no one to blame but himself.
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