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Palau’s Attorney General John Bradley Resigns

Palau’s Attorney General John Bradley tendered his resignation to President Tommy Remengesau Jr. earlier this month, stating he is concluding his service effective Nov. 30.

In his letter to the president dated Sept. 13, Bradley said he and his wife would be departing the country before Christmas to spend more time with their children and his parents in the United States.

“Leslie and I are grateful to President Remengesau and the people of Palau for giving me an opportunity to serve this community and look forward to returning to visit the many friends who have made our stay such a pleasure,” Bradley stated in his email to Pacific Note.

President Remengesau said that he was happy with AG Bradley’s performance amid a very public spat between him and Vice President Antonio Bells.

John Bradley

“I was happy with his performance, he did well, you wish the environment for him was better, but what we saw was professionalism and we wish him well,” Remengesau said.

Bradley in his letter recommended Assistant AG Evan Robbins to replace him.

“I recommended that you consider appointing him to that position when I leave. You already seen the excellent work he has accomplished as head of our criminal division, chair of the Belau Drug Enforcement Task Force, member of the Koror Jail Improvement Committee, member of the National Marine Sanctuary Work Group and various other committees,” Bradley added.

Remengesau said the work of the Office of the Attorney’s General is commendable and that there will be a lot of good lawyers ready to step up and continue Bradley’s job.

Bradley was hired as AG in 2014 and was to conclude his contract on January 2017.

He previously served as a Texas county prosecutor and faced controversy over an innocent man who spent almost 25 years behind bars.

Remengesau in 2014 defended the hiring saying that Bradley deserved a second chance and "is painfully aware that his actions kept an innocent man locked up for longer than he should have been". "Mr. Bradley says that the Morton case has changed him as a person and has made him a more balanced, fair, and humble prosecutor," Remengesau said in a statement in 2014. He said Bradley had more than 25 years of prosecution experience and had never been found to have violated any law or ethical rule over the Morton case.

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