Ft. Collins, Colorado Spent Nearly $500,000 on Officer Accused of Perjury in Murder Trial

ABC 7 News in Denver delved into the costs behind the case of Lt. James Broderick, who has been on paid administrative leave for the last two and a half years while facing perjury charges related to an investigation he led of a 1987 murder. In 1999, a man named Tim Masters was convicted of first degree murder but in 2008 a re-examination of DNA evidence found it wasn’t Masters’ his conviction was vacated. In 2010, Broderick was charged with lying in the trial of Tim Masters, but now the prosecutor has had to drop all charges after an unfavorable ruling from the state Supreme Court, telling ABC 7 News it was a “sad day for justice in Colorado.” The state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal over two counts of perjury against Broderick dismissed in trial court. Those counts, the prosecutor said, “were critical to the case.”

ABC7 News investigated how much Broderick’s cost the city:

7NEWS found that Broderick has received $234,131.36 in two-and-a-half years on leave.

7NEWS also discovered that Broderick's defense has cost the city of Fort Collins $256,975. A city spokeswoman said the defense is paid through the city’s risk management self-insurance fund.

"Needless to say, when I heard the numbers, I of course, was surprised," said Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat. "Those are the policies and procedures that were in place at the time this occurred."

Weitkunat was unaware of the dollar amounts until 7NEWS brought them to her attention.

Why should the mayor know how much police shenanigans cost the city when “policies and procedures” are in place? Meanwhile, the internal affairs investigation into Broderick continues so he remains on paid leave.

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  • db||

    Weitkunat was unaware of the dollar amounts until 7NEWS brought them to her attention.

    That's some hard hitting investigative journalism right there.

  • SugarFree||

    Throwing good money after bad. I understand that getting Broderick off the hook will help out when Masters goes after the city, but 500K on a lying piece of shit? Perjury is an betrayal of his employers trust as well the courts. His liability insurance should be covering (or likely not covering) his trial costs.)

    Bless those union contracts, doing God's work in some of the most corrupt police departments in America.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Firstly, the alleged perjury was in the interest of furthering his employers' goals: a conviction. Secondly, where is the left parenthesis to go with that second right parenthesis? How far back did you open that parenthetical statement? Exactly how much of the internet was caught in your brackets?

  • SugarFree||

    A) Hang him out to dry as an example.

    B) Never make a typo again, or I will hound you about it to the very gates of Hell itself.

  • Almanian.||

    "SugarFree's Curseš would bedevil Fist's family for generations to come - relatives spontaneously bursting into flame, generations of babies choking to death on artisanal mayonnaise, aunts, uncles, cousins being bored to death - unable to turn away when reruns of Oprah were on - the carnage and terror were horrific ad unabating."

    Don't. Incur. Teh Wrath. of teh SugarFreeze.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "These typos just make me [sic]!"

    My typoes (like that one) don't throw the whole of the internet into some kind of parenthetical limbo like the cast of St. Elsewhere in that autistic brat's snow globe or the cast of Lost in J.J. Abrams' lack of endgame planning. Somewhere in the past he made a comment that opened the parentheses and we were all trapped inside until he finally remembered to close them.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    He was finishing a "whole net" monad, get with it dude.

  • Pro Libertate||

    We're all ready living in an italic age due to unclosed tags. What's the difference if our era becomes totally parenthetical?

  • Almanian.||

    I'm getting all hypen-ventilated with this brouhaha

  • Almanian.||

    Now, did I mistype "hyper" or "hyphen" - DISCUSS!

    /meta

  • SugarFree||

    Squirm all you like. I will be the author of your doom.

  • Jgalt1975||

    getting Broderick off the hook will help out when Masters goes after the city

    Masters already settled his suit against the city and police for $5.9 million (he got a total of $10 million from all the defendants): http://blogs.westword.com/late.....from_f.php

  • SugarFree||

    So the city is doing it for shits and giggles? WTF?

  • db||

    Counsel for the city needs to rack some more billable so he can afford to golf with counsel for Masters, who has a sizeable chunk of that $10 million now.

  • Almanian.||

    FORE!!!!!!

  • fried wylie||

    Fore mour yeers!

  • Jgalt1975||

    I suspect there's either a statute requiring the city to pay for the defense of any employee accused of wrongdoing while acting in an official capacity and/or something in the police union's contract that requires it. (I'm not defending either of those things, but they're quite common.)

  • fried wylie||

    $234,131.36 in two-and-a-half years

    ~ $93.6/yr

    But remember, cops/teachers/whateverpublicservant just can't do their jobs properly/legally unless we pay them more. and more. and more. and more. It's funny, I don't make half that, but lying in the course of my job seems reprehensible, and I'm not even responsible for murder investigations. Maybe it's really a matter of character, not a matter of salary?

    A city spokeswoman said the defense is paid through the city’s risk management self-insurance fund.

    A city spokeswoman continued, "Not that I understand how premiums work, and besides, it's not my money. I live in the next county over."

    Finally, someone is not getting reelected mayor. There's nothing she can run on that will beat the flood of ads along the lines of "Mayor Karen wasted $500k on a lying cop."

  • fried wylie||

    * ~93.6K/yr

  • Almanian.||

    I'll buy THAT for a dollar!

  • fried wylie||

    Robotic cops that cost a mere hundo per year per bot is my dream for public safety enforcement.

    I, for one, welcome our new skynet overlords. At least they'll be immune to authoritah-disrespect.

  • db||

    "Let's have a big 'YEE-HAW!' for Law and Order in the fine town of *ERROR. TOKEN NOT FOUND*"

  • fried wylie||

    "Do you know how fast you were going back there? *SEGEMENTATION FAULT: BUFFER OVERFLOW*"

  • db||

    The code for the speech synthesizer is right next to the authorization of deadly force subroutine. What could go wrong?

  • Almanian.||

    "West World: Where Nothing Can Go Worlkasdjn..."

  • fried wylie||

    Would robots need to use deadly force? It's not like they'd need to protect themselves. They could just throw more and more of themselves at the perp until he ran out of bullets.

    I suppose something like a hostage situation could still need deadly force, but you'd use non-autonomous bots for that kind of task. Or powered exoskeletons. Yeah.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Without actually reading any of the fucking articles, I wonder how much of this is falls under the heading of the Banality of Evil.

    "We need a suspect; here's one."

    We need a conviction; here's one.'

    "Cast your gaze upon us, civilians, and be thankful. Rejoice that we did not pick YOU."

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "Mayor Karen wasted $500k on a lying cop."

    "Mayor Karen HAS YOUR BACK! She's willing to do what it takes to keep our children safe!"
    -this ad paid for by the Ft Collins Fraternal Order of Police.

  • Paul.||

    7NEWS found that Broderick has received $234,131.36 in two-and-a-half years on leave.

    So, before I go completely ballistic about public sector pay (wrongful convictions, perjury etc not withstanding), how do you get nearly 6 figures a year as a cop?

    This morning I heard a story on NPR about a retired judge that does foreclosures. She only makes $350 a day, she referred to that as "working cheap".

  • Calidissident||

  • db||

    Failed.

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