WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley pleaded not guilty in city court Wednesday to a misdemeanor second-degree criminal contempt charge accusing him of violating a court order barring him from calling his estranged wife.
Judge Brian Hansbury released Bradley without bail, denying the Westchester District Attorney's request for $10,000 bail. The judge reminded the former Democratic assemblyman that he was restricted from going to his wife's home, dropping by her job or calling her.
Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said police arrested Bradley Friday because they had enough evidence of him calling his his wife to charge him with violating the court order.
Randall Cutler, Bradley's lawyer, said he was "satisfied" with what happened in court Wednesday and thought "justice will be served."
"This is just a case of a misunderstanding," said Cutler. "It was a pocket dial."
Bradley's Blackberry accidentally dialed his wife while he was working out at Equinox gym in Scarsdale, according to Cutler. Bradley's attorney said Fumiko Bradley's number was in Bradley's phone's history because the Bradley kids use her phone to call their father.
"The first time he may have had her number still in the phone," Cutler said, but he "took the number off" after an earlier call to his wife, which Cutler said was accidental.
Bradley resigned as White Plains' mayor in February after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
Bradley is scheduled to appear Dec. 13 in County Court.
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