New OAG chief prosecutor hopes to strengthen ties with law enforcers

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The Office of the Attorney General swore in Monday a new criminal chief prosecutor and his first goal is establish stronger relationship with the island’s law enforcers.

John Bradley, the newest addition to the OAG team and the new criminal chief prosecutor, said that strengthening the OAG’s bond with law enforcement will enable them to work together efficiently.

“What I really want to do is develop a good, strong relationship between the AG’s Office and the law enforcement so that we can all work together,” he said.

Bradley, who has 25 years of prosecutorial experience, believes that his experience would enable the OAG to be consistent when processing criminal cases.

“I have a lot of experience running a large office of prosecutors and training them, working with staff, working with investigators. I think I’m here to bring my experience as a prosecutor. I’ve been doing this for 25 years and helped manage the office so that we can have consistent criminal cases and good criminal prosecution in the CNMI,” he said.

One type of criminal case that Bradley aims to tackle in the CNMI is handling sexual assault cases.

“I’ve had a lot of experience in Texas and in trainings around the world dealing with sexual assault and I’m going to bring that experience here and we’re all going to work together on it and get better,” he said.

Bradley and his wife arrived on Saipan over a week ago but started officially working with the OAG on July 22 and he said he is still learning.

“I’ve only been here a week so I’m learning more from them than I can teach them at this point,” he said.

Bradley had worked with the OAG in the Republic of Palau and served there for two and a half years. Before that, Bradley was a prosecutor and an elected district attorney in Texas.

Bradley is assuming the position following former chief prosecutor Michelle Harris who was appointed consumer counsel of the Office of the Attorney General in January.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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