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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Despite Death Row settlement, still a fight :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

Despite Death Row settlement, still a fight :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime: "Wallace 'Gator' Bradley received an undisclosed settlement for his work on former Death Row inmate Aaron Patterson's court cases last week.
A court hearing last week pitted Bradley, a former Gangster Disciples enforcer, against Patterson, who appeared via a closed-circuit TV feed from a federal prison where he's serving a gun conviction.
In Patterson's gun case and wrongful-conviction lawsuit that led to a $5 million settlement with the city, Bradley had accompanied him in court as a so-called 'urban translator.'
Once the cases were over, Bradley sought payment from Patterson and his lawyer, Frank Avila. After the hearing last week, Bradley settled with Patterson for an undisclosed sum under $100,000. But his fight with Avila continues.
Before settling, Patterson questioned the street credibility of Bradley, who kept referring to Patterson as his 'mellow' during the hearing April 8. Patterson said someone who is street-wise would not have gone to the feds about an e-mail from Patterson that Bradley found threatening. 'You talk street, but then at the same time, you want to call' the government? Patterson said. Bradley responded, 'These e-mails are monitored. They called me.'"

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