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James Broderick, detective in Tim Masters case, indicted for perjury

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Tim Masters on Channel 4.
On June 8, when the City of Fort Collins announced that it would pay $5.9 million to Tim Masters, who was wrongfully convicted of murder, his attorney, David Lane, attorney, said Detective James Broderick still needed to be held accountable.

Perhaps the eight counts of perjury on which he's just been indicted will do the trick.

Lane saw the aforementioned payment to Masters, which brought the total amount he's received since being freed on DNA evidence to $10 million, as appropriate. But he wasn't satisfied with the repercussions experienced to that point by district judges Terry Gilmore and Jolene Blair, who were censured by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2008 in relation to the Masters case, and Broderick.

"I hope that the wrongdoers in this case -- and I refer to judges Gilmore and Blair, as well as Detective Broderick -- receive justice," Lane maintained. "I hope Gilmore and Blair receive justice at the hands of the voters this November. And I hope Broderick receives some justice at the hands of the criminal justice system."

That remains to be seen. But Broderick has court time ahead of him, as is made clear in the release below, from the office of Ken Buck, who continues to serve as Weld County district attorney during his senatorial run:

GRAND JURY INDICTS FORT COLLINS POLICE LIEUTENANT FOR PERJURY

GREELEY, Colo. -- A Larimer County Grand Jury has issued an indictment for Fort Collins Police Lieutenant James Broderick. The indictment, filed June 30, 2010, in Larimer District Court, charges Lt. Broderick with eight counts of Perjury in the First Degree (C.R.S. 18-8-502), class four felonies. Each charge carries with it the possibility of two to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.

On January 4, 2008, Chief Judge James Hiatt of the Eighth Judicial District of Colorado signed an order appointing the District Attorney's Office of the 19th Judicial District as special prosecutors to determine if any criminal laws were violated by Lt. James Broderick during the investigation or prosecution of Timothy Masters in Larimer County Case Number 98CR1149.
In Colorado, a Grand Jury is a jury of 12 people that do not decide guilt or innocence, but rather are an investigative body that decides if there is probable cause that someone committed a crime. If the Grand Jury finds that there is probable cause that someone did commit a crime, the Grand Jury will issue an indictment which acts as a charging document similar to a complaint and information.

When a person is charged with a crime, the charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.


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Dashja00
Dashja00

What a pos he is... Just read Masters book Drawn to injustice. Wow Broderick will one day meet his maker... Hopefully this doesnt happen to one of his Grandkids

Jon
Jon

What can you expect from America

Ekcoe
Ekcoe

James Broderick and the two CSP troopers can take turns being the love squeeze for all the fine young lads in Canon City.  My opinion of cops is about one degree above my opinion of child molesters. 

Bob
Bob

I cannot believe the audacity of this "officer" and I use that term loosely.  They should allow Tim Masters and his family alone in a room with him for about ten minutes before they shuttle his ass off to jail for a ten-year sentence with some bonus years for good measure!

Oppvkansas
Oppvkansas

As a retired police officer, I am appalled of the shoddy investigation that Broderick did.  Even if he was pressured into closing the case, he should have stood up and did what was right.  This puts a black eye on the profession.

I don't know the female officer's name that was an investigator and later transferred back to patrol, but kudos for her for standing up.  Ultimately she paid the price by being harassed and forced to resign.

Broderick SHOULD serve no less than what Tim Masters served.

Ashamed..........

Buddy
Buddy

The behavior of Broderick and the court officers unfourtuntaly is indicativel of many localites  throughout this fine land of ours. Clearly, Tim Masters was wronged. Tim Masters is not the first person to be wronged by our system. The prisons throughout America are full of Tim Masters. The money Tim recieved ( 184,000 ) upon his fathers death, I'm sure, help in motivating the private investigator. In my opinion,  this type of recklessness prevails  because people such as the investigating officers, proseucuting attorneys, and Judges are insulated , and are not held accountable as most people are. People of Larimer, speak loudly in the up coming   perjury case , and  let your  voice be heard at the polls in future judical elections.This behavior is unacceptable by public servants and borders on criminal.

Caudiltj
Caudiltj

James Broderick should spent the same amount of time in jail that Tim did.Tim is innocent. Broderick is guilty of taking ten years away from an innocent man.How this even went to trial is a joke. Shame on everyone who put this man in jail.Broderick keeps saying he was just following the evidence. There was no evidence, just a bad cop.

Momevans222
Momevans222

Has Broderick been found innocent or guilty yet? If he was found guilty, what sentence did he get?

anonymous
anonymous

Broderick should get what comes to him for what he has done to Tim. He was wrongfully accused and tortured for over 10 years for something that he didnt do. Justice will serve and Tim deserves every bit of that 10 million he got awarded.

Penalcommish
Penalcommish

Good I hope he gets 9 1/2 yrs .Just like Tim Masters.

Di
Di

This makes me want to vote for Ken Buck! In a state where I have seen out of control cops violate every right and expectation of it's citizens (particularly in Denver) I would happily vote for anyone who is willing to hold cops accountable!!!!!!!

Aaron
Aaron

I think that all cops are generally idiots, and can't get a better job because they are dumb.

COSIMA
COSIMA

I fully agree with Jerry. They are criminally incompetent!!!Poor Masters!

Jerry Interval
Jerry Interval

I just watched Dateline last night and am of the opinion that Broderick should do at least the amount of time Tim spent in prison. Even though he deserves more than 10 years it may be enough to teach him a valuable lesson.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The best part of James Broderick was that he didn't want to apologize to Tim Waters for him spending 10 wrongful years in prison. Broderick was such a pompous **&% saying "I just followed the evidence." What a joke!! I hope he spends the rest of life in jail. Cops and prosecutors like all involved make me sick, they throw all ethics out the window just to guarantee a victory. Now these prosecutors are judges, unbelievable. "Who else could it have been?" IDIOTS

ExPat ExLawyer
ExPat ExLawyer

Can't believe Westword failed to correct huge gaff stating Ken Buck is running for governor.

Hello, kind of a big news item that he's running for U.S. Senate.

EDITOR: You might want to wake up and fix this.

Boomer
Boomer

"When a person is charged with a crime, the charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty"

Too bad that's not what happened to Tim Masters.

I've always had this creepy feeling when watching Broderick badger that kid, and the fact that he's now sitting on the other side of the bench is fitting.

It will be even more fitting if he's convicted, and sent to prison, but I gave up wishing for things like justice years ago.

And the irony of it is that Broderick is such an imbecile he probably can't even imagine why anyone would hate cops.

Buddy
Buddy

No, he hasn't been found guilty yet. Actually, the first indictment was dismissed due to a technical error. Something about the statue of limitations and the dates of the perjured statements. However, the state has re-filed and were more specific regarding the dates and he has been re-indicted.

Caudiltj
Caudiltj

Men like that makes people not trust cops. Broderick should be put in jail. I agree he is an imbecile. Broderick is guilty of letting the real killer get away.

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