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

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:


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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