Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley will leave office Dec. 31, after losing in the Republican primary last May. But his career plans after that remain unsettled.
Bradley says he has applied to help lead the state’s Special Prosecutions Unit, which prosecutes crimes committed in state prisons and juvenile detention facilities. Established by the Legislature, the SPU is governed by a board of prosecutors whose counties house detention centers and prisons.
Bradley says he is also considering setting up private practice as an appellate lawyer, a path that might lead him to represent, he says, the state and defendants in criminal cases.
“I think I would come to it with extraordinary experience,” Bradley says.
Bradley’s career plans received some national attention Monday. The New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, referring to Bradley’s opposition to DNA testing in the case of Michael Morton, who subsequently was exonerated after serving nearly 25 years behind bars, wrote about Bradley, “He told me he was going to start a law practice specializing in appellate work. Here’s hoping he argues some appeals for the wrongly imprisoned.” Bradley’s response to that comment: “That was just his way of tying up the article.”
-- Miriam Rozen