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Crime Stoppers chief faces jail over anonymous tip

March 20, 2014
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — The head of Miami-Dade County's Crime Stoppers program could get jail time for contempt of court over his refusal to divulge details about an anonymous tip.

A hearing is set Thursday morning for Richard Masten, the program's executive director. Circuit Judge Victoria Brennan last week ordered Masten to provide information about the tip to a defense attorney in a cocaine possession case, setting a deadline for Thursday.

Masten last week ate a piece of paper in court with the information on it rather than give it up. Masten, a former police chief, says the anonymous tip program's integrity is at stake.

A defense lawyer says only information about the tip is important, not the tipster's identity.

Masten says that in 20 years, Crime Stoppers has helped solve some 34,000 crimes.



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