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Plymouth DA settles wrongful termination suit for $248,000 brought by former prosecutor

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz settled a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former prosecutor who claimed he had been fired for not contributing to Cruz’s reelection campaign in 2010, according to a copy of the agreement released to the Globe through a records request. The suit was settled for $248,000.

John E. Bradley Jr. will receive $150,000 and will be retroactively reinstated to his position as a Plymouth assistant district attorney for a period of 19 months, for the purposes of calculating his retirement benefit, the settlement states.

The agreement reached last month also requires the state to pay $98,000 to Sinsheimer & Associates, the Boston law firm that represented Bradley.


News of the agreement was first reported by The Patriot Ledger newspaper in Quincy. The Globe filed a public records request on Nov. 9 seeking the amount of the financial settlement.

A copy of the agreement was provided to the Globe Tuesday by the state attorney general’s office.

Bradley, now an assistant district attorney in Worcester County, filed the federal lawsuit four years ago. Along with alleging wrongful termination, Bradley said he objected to what he considered to be Cruz’s reckless use of violent offenders as confidential informants during investigations, according to court records.

Plymouth DA spokeswoman Beth Stone said in a statement Tuesday that Cruz maintained throughout the case that “all claims made by Mr. Bradley were false.”

“He successfully fought for the dismissal of the majority of Mr. Bradley’s case, and the Attorney General’s Office made the decision to resolve the matter via settlement,” said Stone. “DA Cruz looks forward to putting this distraction behind him and will continue doing as he has done for the past 16 years, bringing justice to victims of crime and protecting public safety.”

Attorney Robert S. Sinsheimer, who represented Bradley in the case, lauded his client.


“It took a lot of courage to bring this lawsuit,” he said by telephone Tuesday night. “I think this lawsuit served as a catalyst for real change in the Plymouth DA’s office.”

Bradley was fired from the Plymouth DA’s office in the fall of 2012, eight months shy of reaching his “twenty-year pension vesting date,” according to his complaint.

Bradley will be retroactively reinstated to his position covering the period of Sept. 28, 2012, to April 16, 2014, court papers state.

He filed suit against the DA’s office, the DA himself, and two managers in that office in November 2013. One of the managers, First Assistant District Attorney Frank J. Middleton Jr., resigned amid controversy in 2015.

Todd Wallack, Michael Rezendes, and Andrea Estes of Globe staff contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe. com.