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Delaware Pediatrician Waives Right To Jury Trial In Sex Abuse Case

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A judge, not a jury, will decide the fate of a former Delaware pediatrician charged with sexually assaulting scores of young patients over more than a decade.

At a hearing Monday, a judge granted Earl Bradley’s request to waive his right to a jury trial. The judge also indicated that because selecting a jury untainted by media reports is no longer an issue, Bradley’s trial may be moved from Wilmington back to Sussex County, where he is alleged to have committed his crimes.

Also, since defense attorneys do not intend to argue that Bradley is guilty but mentally ill, the judge said a psychiatric evaluation of Bradley that he had previously ordered is no longer necessary.

Bradley’s trial is set to begin June 1.

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