James Broderick: $500K spent not convicting cop adds to $10M wasted on failed murder case


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Ken Buck.
The publicly funded legal team assigned to defend Broderick moved to dismiss all nine of the counts leveled against him by the Weld County District Attorney's Office, headed by DA Ken Buck. In December 2011, as recapped in a document on view below, a judge ultimately decided to toss three of them. Buck appealed and got one of the counts reinstated by an appeals court the following July, then argued for the other two to be put back in place via a filing to the Colorado Supreme Court. Last month, however, the Supremes denied Buck's petition.

Days later, Buck filed a motion to dismiss the entire case against Broderick, explaining in a statement:

"The two counts that were dismissed by the trial court were critical to this case. Without the ability to pursue those charges, we simply do not believe the case could be proven to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. As prosecutors, we have an ethical obligation to only pursue charges that have a reasonable likelihood of resulting in a conviction."
How much did various agencies spend on the bungled pursuit of Broderick? A new report by 7News does the math for us, and that's a lucky thing, because there are a lot of digits involved. Broderick is now owed back pay of $234,131.36 for the two and a half years he was on leave. In addition, the amount borne by the City of Fort Collins for his defense is calculated at $256,975. The sum is just a whisper under half a million clams.

Add that to the $10 million paid to Masters and the total becomes even more eye-popping. And that doesn't include the money thrown away by pursuing and ultimately convicting an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit over a period of a decade-plus.

Galling, certainly -- but what's even more dispiriting is the fact that Hettrick's killer remains at large and unpunished more than a quarter-century after her life was cruelly ended.

Look below to see the 7News report, followed by the aforementioned motion to dismiss charges against Broderick.

James Broderick Motion to Dismiss

More from our Follow That Story archive: "James Broderick, detective accused in Tim Masters case, no. 1 in Top 5 Police Blunders."


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Did anyone really expect different ? How often are police officers even charged much less convicted in this state ? Once they FINALLY GET CAUGHT RED-HANDED and are suspended, (%98 w/ pay), their sentences are nowhere near the vicinity of any other defendant .

I truly wish these armed wackos wondering the neighborhoods would target cops rather than children attending school,  or out on a date seeing a movie .

Cecil
Cecil

Unfuckingbelievable.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

This lowlife lying scumbag cop deserves to ROT IN PRISON for AT LEAST 9 (nine) YEARS that Masters had to suffer.


Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

That was just about the time I first started reading the Newtimes!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

YEP..I worked with Steve Steinberg! Got him FIRED soon before he STABBED his wife to DEATH 27 times! HE was a exploding, temper mental, yelling, restaurant manager JERK! I even hung with his HOOKER GF who told me..to my disbelief that he was leaving his wife for HER! HE GOT OFF...HA..with temporary insanity! EVERYONE I KNEW, SAID STEVE WAS CRAZY..LONG BEFORE HE MURDERED ALLANA!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts ... you sound like the jealous other hooker ... on crack.

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