David D. Wymore David Wymore American Flag David Wymore Justice David Wymore: The Life PenaltyDavid Wymore: The Life PenaltyDavid Wymore JusticeDavid D. Wymore office (303) 381-2560
fax (303) 447-0340

News

Top Stories

  • NACDL’s Capital Voir Dire Training

    Theory & Intense Practice
     May 12th - 14th, 2011

    Death penalty voir dire is one of the most difficult yet crucial skills for lawyers to master.

    We thank NACDL and the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the University of Colorado School of Law for this unique hands-on training program. Participants will work with David Wymore, the originator of this method of capital jury selection, and a faculty of masters of capital voir dire for two and a half packed days to learn, refine and master the art and science of death penalty jury selection.

    The program teaches the Colorado Method of capital voir dire by using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and small group exercises involving real jurors. This is proven method has nearly emptied Colorado’s death row and has saved capital defendants across the country. Students will learn the core Supreme Court jurisprudence and how to use it to make the judge let you ask what you need to ask.

    Students will learn and then practice in small groups:

    • how to strip venire persons of their misconceptions about the death penalty
    • identify and rate “killers” and “life-givers”
    • build and make challenges for cause • teach life-givers how to get out of the jury room with their vote intact
    • teach killers to respect others’ opinions

    This will be the only national Capital Voir Dire Training in 2011. Space is limited to 60 capital defense attorneys.

    Please register early - slots will be filled on a first-come first-served basis for lawyers preparing a capital case for trial. If you do not have a pending death penalty trial but are interested, please contact Terrica Redfield at tredfield@schr.org and we will admit you as space permits. When you register online, please indicate in the comments section your qualifications for admission to this seminar.

    The seminar will be held at the University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Road, Boulder, Colorado 80309. For additional information, please visit www.nacdl.org.


  • ACLU Edward Sherman Award

  • Denver Post, The (CO)

    Cop's turn for justice in Masters case

    July 1, 2010
    Section: DENVER AND WEST
    Page: B-01
       Susan Greene Denver Post Columnist

    It's no surprise that Jim Broderick is accused of being a bad cop.

    That assessment gained credence during the years Tim Masters spent fighting his wrongful murder conviction. It grew more convincing at Masters' exoneration in 2008. And it was glaringly obvious as Fort Collins and Larimer County paid $10 million to Masters for railroading him.



    What's stunning in the way the thin blue line gets twisted in this state is that so many officials defended Broderick's distortions and that he got away with them for so long.

    The Fort Collins detective stepped into trouble in 1987 after the body of Peggy Hettrick turned up stabbed and surgically mutilated in a Fort Collins field.

    Broderick overlooked other leads to pursue his hunch about the quiet teenager who lived in a nearby trailer. His theory was that Masters' doodles and journal entries were evidence of homicidal tendencies. He seduced a psychologist into echoing his junk science. Without any physical evidence to persuade a jury, prosecutors parroted his theory.

    Masters' appeals team proved that Broderick, along with district attorneys Terry Gilmore and Jolene Blair, concealed evidence that would have helped Masters at trial. Gilmore and Blair went on to become judges and have been censured (read: wrist- slapped) by the state.

    Broderick nearly dodged criminal charges.

    In 2008, Adams County DA Don Quick - a special prosecutor - declared "no malfeasance" by law enforcers.

    Weld County DA Ken Buck - the second special prosecutor - later cleared Broderick of allegations that he lied when testifying he had no involvement in the case between mid-1987 and 1992.

    Buck, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, asked for a grand-jury probe last year after Broderick disclosed to Masters' civil-rights lawyer his own notes about his 1989 stakeout of Masters, then 17.

    Other deceit also came to light, including Broderick's claim that Masters' mother, who had died before Hettrick's murder, had red hair like Hettrick. She was a brunette.

    "I was a kid who just lost his mother, and he just took that and twisted it around and lied," Masters tells me.

    Masters spent year after year in prison dreaming about the day Broderick's yarns would unravel. When that day finally came Wednesday, he was at a vet clinic getting a checkup for his puppy - a Rottweiler named Ike in honor of Selma and Richard Eikelenboom, the Dutch scientists whose DNA tests helped free him.

    Broderick - who hasn't spoken out about his indictment for perjury - once cried when describing to The Post his religious faith and how God has a role in helping him crack cases.

    Fellow law enforcers drank his Kool-Aid for far too long.

    For years, they refused to notice obvious signs that a kid likely couldn't pull off as sophisticated a murder as Hettrick's. With Broderick's help, DAs fought Masters' appeal and challenged the results of DNA tests clearing him from the scene. Larimer County DA Larry Abrahamson defended the conviction after serious doubts came to light. And even after Masters walked free, several DAs kept questioning his innocence and had the nerve to insist on their system's infallibility.

    I'd like to think they were duped by Broderick. But I suspect instead they were covering for one of their own out of the discomfort of having to admit that at least one Coloradan has been wrongfully convicted.

    "The bigger the case, the bigger the fabrications," says Masters' defense lawyer, David Wymore. "That a cop lied isn't what's unusual. What's unique is that they finally charged a cop for doing it."

    Susan Greene writes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Reach her at 303-954-1989 or greene@denverpost.com.



    All content © 2010- Denver Post, The (CO) and may not be republished without permission.

Press Releases

  • Alumnus Produces Death Penalty Film

    Selecting a good jury

    Colorado Law alumnus Douglas Bry ’78 has produced The Life Penalty, a film about the death penalty and specifically about the jury selection work of another Colorado Law alumnus David Wymore ’76, who successfully exonerated Timothy Masters, a Fort Collins resident who had been convicted in 1998 for the murder of Peggy Hettrick. Wymore worked tirelessly for three years along with co-counsel Maria Liu, eventually gaining Masters’ freedom through the use of DNA evidence.

    The film was shown as part of the Boulder International Film Festival and the South Africa International Film Festival. It is available as part of the 4 Disc DVD set, The Life Penalty and Selecting a Colorado Jury, approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for 13 CLE credits. Proceeds will go to the David Wymore College of Criminal Defense and Jury Selection, which is being coordinated by Associate Clinical Professor Ann England. Visit their website to see a preview of the film and to order.