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Scathing Guam Bar survey shows apparent problems within legal community

Posted: May 18, 2018 4:46 PM Updated:

A Guam Bar Association survey shines light on top concerns with former ethics prosecutor Bruce Bradley. We first told you about him being fired earlier this week. More than half of lawyers surveyed agreed they loved practicing law on Guam, but out of 117 attorneys surveyed by the Guam Bar Association ethics discipline was their top concern.

Many comments pointing to former ethics prosecutor Bruce Bradley. At least four surveyed called him "out of control", "overzealous" and "vindictive" stating that he was a bully who was "perpetually on a witch hunt based on personal vendettas and lack of evidence". Bradley who had worked with the Judiciary since 2007, was said to have "too much power with little to no oversight, abusing his authority by playing favorites". He was recently escorted off court grounds though a reason for his termination has not yet been officially released.

KUAM learned Bradley was terminated on Monday after multiple sexual harassment complaints were made against him One complaint in the survey claims his actions were driving attorneys out of practice on Guam. Other comments note that ethics investigations were used for retaliation for connected firms. Saying, "it seems like insiders get away with violations" and there's not enough prosecution.

Comments went as far to say "the ethics prosecution is tainted by anti-Chamorro and racist influences". Overall, attorneys said there's a lack of due process.

Urging that the process is more transparent and based on "clear misconduct and not speculation when actions may be questionable".

The Judiciary of Guam and Guam Bar Association do confirm that they are organizing a search committee to hire a new ethics prosecutor to fill the vacancy Bradley left behind.

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