Bradley’s Legacy To Vermont Criminal Justice Remembered

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A man who helped change forever the way drug crime investigations are conducted in Vermont passed away last week at the age of 58.

Kevin Bradley was a rookie cop in Burlington in the 1970’s when he was teamed up to work undercover with Paul Lawrence, a hot shot veteran detective from St. Albans who was brought in on loan to Vermont’s largest city to help make drug busts.

Lawrence had a reputation for uncovering evidence and arresting people for drug crimes that seemed almost too good to be true, because it was. And Kevin Bradley is the cop who exposed him.

Bradley died from complications related to esophageal cancer in Miami last week, and also from Florida, where he’s been taking in some Red Sox spring training games, we spoke with

Hamilton Davis, who wrote a book about the events surrounding the Lawrence case called "Mocking Justice: Vermont’s Biggest Drug Scandal".

Davis tells VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb that Bradley’s legacy to Vermont’s justice system can’t be understated.

Click listen to hear the interview.

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