Denver, Colorado District Judge Edward D. Bronfin entered an Order on June
24, 2010, dismissing all charges against a man accused of a bias motivated
crime, robbery and second degree assault, all felonies.
Judge Bronfin’s order noted that Denver Officer Paul Baca stated
in the sworn affidavit for arrest warrant that Aaron Puller, 22, was identified
by two witnesses as having participated in the crimes. These identifications
were the only evidence linking Puller to the crimes. Questioning of these
two witnesses was videotaped.
The judge viewed relevant portions of each videotape and found that neither
witness had in fact claimed that Puller was a participant. One witness
denied even knowing Puller.
In explaining his reasons for dismissing the charges, Judge Bronfin concluded
that the statements in the affidavit were false or at least made with
a “reckless disregard for the truth.”
It is unknown whether the Denver District Attorney will appeal the dismissal
of the charges. A more basic issue is whether or not officer Baca will
be disciplined and/or charged with perjury. We shall wait and see.