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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Review Of Judges Intensifies

The Colorado Supreme Court office investigating the prosecutors-turned-judges in the now-dismissed 1999 Timothy Masters murder conviction has opened a broad review and plans to interview dozens of witnesses starting with Masters' defense lawyers.

The Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation will interview David Wymore today and Erik Fischer on Friday as it investigates whether the two prosecutors in the 1999 Masters case, Jolene Blair and Terry Gilmore, violated ethics rules or had conflicts of interest. Masters was freed last week after DNA evidence pointed to a new suspect and suggested Masters was not the killer.

Fischer was one of Masters' original defense attorneys, and Wymore was part of the legal team that won Masters' freedom last week after nearly nine years in prison.

"It's my goal to have all the significant interviews done as quickly as possible. There are too many people hanging here to not do this very quickly," said John Gleason, OAR director.

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is conducting an independent investigation into whether the lead police investigator during Masters' trial, Jim Broderick, lied on the stand about the extent of his involvement in the case and illegally recorded a conversation between Masters and his father in 1987. Gilmore and Blair, who were appointed as judges after Masters was convicted, have repeatedly declined to comment.
The Coloradoan