BRADLEY EDWARDS’ lawyer has defended the former US attorney for Massachusetts in the murder of his brother and said it was “a matter of principle” that the US attorney’s office should not investigate a case involving a prominent defence lawyer.
Warren Tracey had previously denied allegations that he had used a campaign contribution to buy a home in the Boston suburb of Newton and that he made anti-Semitic remarks about Jewish people.
But the lawyer for Bradley Edmonds, the ex-US attorney for Boston, said in a statement on Friday that “this is a matter of moral principle that the office should never have access to the lawyer”.
The statement from Edmonds’ attorney, David Milloy, said that he was confident the US Attorney’s office “will be vindicated” in its investigation into the death of Bradley and his brother, John, in 2011.
Milloy said he believed that the legal issues involved in the case would be resolved by the legal system.
The statement by Milloy was published by the Boston Globe newspaper, where he is a senior staff writer.
“I have always defended the office and its investigations, and the way I feel about the matter, I believe it is a question of principle that we should not have access and I am confident that the law will be vindication,” Milloy said.
Edmonds’ lawyer, Milloy wrote that the lawyers involved in a case were “all deeply committed to fairness and integrity”.
“As they said at the time, there was nothing untoward about the campaign contribution.
But they were wrong to do so,” Milloys statement said.
It continued: “The decision to appoint the attorney was a matter that was made at the highest levels of our office, and it is the responsibility of the US attorneys office to conduct an independent investigation.”
Milloy also told the Globe that he would like to see the US government “investigate any matters that have not been fully resolved by that office”.
Edmonds has been accused by prosecutors of planting the death-row murder weapon on his brother’s body in 2009, and in the years since has repeatedly refused to make any public comments.