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John Bradley to leave Palau

He’s coming home.

Former Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley is resigning from his job as attorney general in the Republic of Palau.

Bradley sent a letter to the president of Palau on Sept. 13 announcing his plans to quit his job Nov. 30 due to family reasons.

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The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, said he was happy with Bradley’s performance, according to a local news website PacificNote. Bradley was hired as attorney general in Palau in 2014 and his contract was set to expire on Jan. 19, 2017. Palau is a tiny nation of 250 islands in the western Pacific southeast of the Philippines.

During his tenure in Palau, Bradley has clashed with the nation’s Vice President Antonio Bells, who suspended Bradley for insubordination in December 2015. Bradley, when contacted at the time by the American-Statesman, said he was not suspended.

Bells also sued Bradley and other officials in April, claiming that a U.S. grant was deposited into a nongovernmental account and expended illegally, according to the Pacific Report newspaper.

See here for the background. I don’t have anything to add, I’ve just been fascinated by this chapter in Bradley’s history. One wonders what Bradley will do when he returns stateside. It’s fairly common for former prosecutors to become defense attorneys once they leave that office, and if anyone can credibly claim to know the tricks and shenanigans that prosecutors pull against defendants, it’s John Bradley. I just can’t quite bring myself to accept the idea in this case.

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