Tim Masters is free after serving 8 + years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now 36, Masters was released yesterday from a Colorado prison when DNA evidence pointed the fickle finger of guilt to someone else. But the saga is not over. Masters will find out next month is he will be required to stand trial again or if the charges will be dismissed.
Pursued for twelve years before he was charged with murder, Masters is relieved to be out of prison, but still unsure of his freedom as the saga is not over. Jim Broderick was the investigator involved in the Masters case and a man that Masters hold anger and resentment toward.
According to a CNN article Masters was quoted saying:
“My opinion is that Jim Broderick, the guy in charge of it, has a very big ego and would not allow anything or anyone to convince him that he was wrong,” Masters said.“He made up his mind in the beginning, from day one when he walked into my bedroom and saw my horror drawings and war stories, that I was guilty. Nothing would change his mind.”
According to the Denver Post: “Today, Broderick says he’s 100 percent certain Masters is guilty.
He calls it a high point in his career, and he still talks about the things that gave him pause: Masters’ statement about the difficulty of pulling a serrated knife from a body, the newspaper on his dresser next to his knife collection.”
Every choice has a consequence. That is a reality that cannot be avoided. The Duke students have been exonerated and Nifong has paid a dear price. But what about Broderick – what if anything will he pay for pushing the limits and taking the freedom of Masters for so long? Did Broderick cross the ethical boundary in his pursuit of Masters? And, if so, what price should he pay?
From this vantage point, it looks like Broderick was a Nifong in action – only Nifong got caught since the Duke students had the funds and education to fight for their rights. Masters didn’t. He had a father who allowed his son to be interrogated without an attorney cause he thought the law was on their side. He was wrong and didn’t live to see his son a free man.
What should happen to Jim Broderick? Your comments are welcome!
Business Ethics Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off.