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Jul 21, 2017

Dickie Bradley Says Guilt of Clients Should not be Prejudged

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

Bradley also addressed the protestors outside the Court in Battlefield Park, saying he empathizes with the situation, but upholds the right of his client to be free while awaiting trial. He makes no pretenses as to whether his clients were innocent or not, but he contends that any suppositions ought to be saved for trial.


Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney for David Doehm

“I understand the persons who are protesting; we feel for whatever the child may have suffered at the hands of these persons, and if one of the Doehms or both of the Doehms are guilty of the allegations against them, I am the first to say, let them rot in prison. But we cannot go the route of that Clint Eastwood movie, ‘Hang ‘em High’, by punishing people when there is only an allegation. This is a very serious matter. What is the cause of death? Can it be traced to those people? Did they beat that child so that she died? If there is no evidence to substantiate the matter, that will take place at a trial. In the meantime, we, all of us, need to hold to the sacred principle that when you are accused, and you are not a flight risk, and you are not going to interfere with witnesses, then you have a right to your freedom, because your freedom is guaranteed in the Constitution of Belize.”

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