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September 23, 2010 05:03 AM UTC

Masters & Attorneys Give Money To Judge-Ouster Campaign

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  • by: donscottknox

Pols readers: There’s election intrigue in the Third Branch of government, too, and this time the news — not yet reported in the MSM — comes from Fort Collins.

That’s where Tim Masters and the attorneys defending him have ponied up virtually all of the money in the campaign against retaining two judges who are former prosecutors in the murder case erroneously made against him.

According to Matt Masich of State Bill Colorado:

Masters gave $2,000 on Aug. 23 to the Committee for Judicial Justice, the committee that’s urging voters not to retain Larimer County district judges Jolene Blair and Terry Gilmore.

Also on Aug. 23, Troy Krenning, a longtime proponent of Masters’ innocence who was a Fort Collins police detective the time of the investigation of Hettrick’s murder, gave $1,000 to Judicial Justice. Krenning is now an attorney and a member of Judical Justice’s board of directors.

Attorney Maria Liu of Greeley firm Collins Liu & Lyons, who worked for five years to free Masters, gave $2,000 to Judicial Justice on Sept. 7. That same day, Erik Fischer, who was one of Masters’ two defense attorneys at his 1999 trial, gave the campaign $500.

These four contributors combined to give $5,500 out of the total $5,606 that Judicial Justice had raised as of Sept. 15, according to filings with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

And their reasoning?

“I just don’t think they should be retained based on what I know of the case,” Fischer told Law Week Colorado. He’s not affiliated with Judicial Justice, but made a contribution when the group asked.

“At some level, before all this happened, I would say that I liked both judges,” Fischer said. “But I think that at a different level, having been a former prosecutor and now a criminal defense attorney, I think we would be better served by having them continue to serve in a different capacity than as judges.”

Of course, Masters has plenty of money to contribute:

Masters, who was freed after DNA evidence pointed to other suspects, settled lawsuits with the city of Fort Collins and Larimer County this year for a combined $10 million.

The whole story is at http://www.statebillnews.com/2…

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