Builder sues DA, sheriff
BRECKENRIDGE – Chuck Brodie, a Summit County man convicted on theft charges in 1997, is suing all of those involved in that case, citing a loss of business and income, long-term health problems and the inability to return to work for the past eight years.
The list of defendants is long, and includes county commissioners Gary Lindstrom, Tom Long and Bill Wallace, former Sheriff Joe Morales, former district attorney Michael Goodbee and current District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and their staffs, investigator Dick Cleveland, former prosecutor (now county court judge) Ed Casias, attorney Bill Moody, Colorado Bureau of Investigations investigator Robert Sexton and Breckenridge residents Donald and Dianne McGowan.
The civil case stems from a criminal case seven years ago when Brodie, a licensed general contractor and home builder, was found guilty of stealing lumber from a home he was building in Breckenridge from August 1993 to April 1994.
Brodie contends that from the beginning the theft case was mishandled and evidence misplaced. He also contends that had everything been handled correctly, he would have been absolved of the charges.
In particular, he notes in the case filing, are photos of the construction site and tapes taken while he was being questioned by sheriff’s detectives.
When Brodie tried to obtain the photos, no one in the Sheriff’s Office could produce them, he said. The tapes, he said, had been tampered with. And while out on work release at a local church, Brodie contends a member of that church said the photos were, in fact, in the sheriff’s evidence room and that “this kind of problem happens all too often in the county.”
Brodie maintains the District Attorney’s Office did not conduct a full investigation of his case; that Casias never saw much of the evidence; and that Morales impeded any efforts to clear the matter.
His suit says Cleveland’s briefs and letters are full of errors and omissions, that Moody provided him with ineffective counsel and CBI’s Sexton didn’t do everything he could have to locate the missing evidence.
Lindstrom and Long declined to comment about the case because it’s pending litigation.
“We are saying nothing about this whole case,” Wallace said. “I have turned the case over to the county attorney, and he will keep us informed and updated. I have the utmost faith in the county attorney to do what is right.
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