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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Weld County judge will handle Broderick perjury case - The Denver Post

Weld County judge will handle Broderick perjury case - The Denver Post

Weld County District Court Chief Judge James Hartmann will handle the felony perjury case against Fort Collins police Lt. James Broderick.

Hartmann — a former Weld County prosecutor — was assigned the case Tuesday by state court officials.

Larimer County Chief Stephen Schapanski last week asked the state to appoint an outside judge to the Broderick case, since all of Larimer's district judges had voluntarily disqualified themselves. The reason was that sitting judges Terry Gilmore and Jolene Blair may be called as witnesses in any trial of Broderick.

Broderick was indicted by a grand jury last month of eight counts of fabricating evidence and lying during the investigation of Tim Masters for the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick.

Hettrick's mutiliated body was found in a field near Masters' home in Fort Collins.

Masters, convicted of murder in 1999, was freed in 2008 following several hearings in which his lawyers produced DNA results that indicated someone else killed Hettrick.

Broderick was the lead investigator in the case and Gilmore and Blair both prosecuted Masters. After Masters was released, Blair and Gilmore were censured by the Colorado Supreme Court for not providing Masters' defense team all the evidence collected by police.

Broderick's first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Corrupt Weld County District Court Chief Judge James Hartmann should be removed from the bench. Hartmann is known, at this present time, to be aiding and abetting Class 3 Felony Theft by Ron Murphy, Scott Murphy, Ida (Eve) Murphy, of Dream Stone Marble & Granite (aka Dream Stone, Inc.) and their criminally complicit attorney, Daniel Goodwin, of Donelson, Ciancio, and Goodwin, P.C..

"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice ..."

- U.S. v. Jannotti, 673 F.2d 578, 614 (3d Cir. 1982)

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