State police Monday announced the arrest of Dominic Badaracco on charges that he attempted to bribe a superior court judge in connection with a grand jury investigation into the murder of his former wife. Mary Badaracco has been missing since August of 1984.
This is from the arrest warrant:
… Superior Court Judge Robert. C. Brunetti … reported that he had received a telephone call from an acquaintance seeking ‘help’ with a grand jury investigation . Judge Brunetti state that the acquaintance, Dominc Badaracco, offered $100,000 to the judge for his assistance in influencing the grand jury probe.
Badaracco and another associate, Ronald “Rocky” Richter, are old friends and golfing partners with the judge, the warrant states. Brunetto was not the judge acting as grand juror in the murder investigation. Badaracco, police say, sought Brunetti’s help in order to influence the probe. The warrant gets interesting when it describes an early morning phone call on Nov. 17, 2010 that the judge recieved from Badaracco:
Badaracco asked Judge Brunetti if he could provide him any ‘help.’ Judge Brunetti told Badaracco that he could not. Judge Brunetti stated that Dominic Badaracco then said, ‘I’m only gonna say this one time … it’s worth a hundred G’s.’ Judge Brunetti reported that Dominic Badaracco’s statement left him speechless … When asked what he thought the mention of money meant, he stated, ‘I understood that it was about the Badaracco murder and he was asking me to have some sort of influence over the outcome of the grand jury … like sweep it under the rug.’
Badaracco, of Sherman, was charged with bribery and released on a $150,000 bond.
Read the Badaracco arrest warrant.