MIAMI (AP) — There won't be any jail time for the head of Miami-Dade County's Crime Stoppers program for contempt of court over his refusal to divulge details about an anonymous tip.
Circuit Judge Victoria Brennan made that decision Thursday at a hearing for Richard Masten, the program's executive director. Brennan had ordered Masten to provide information about the tip to a defense attorney in a cocaine possession case.
There was no immediate final decision on Masten's punishment.
Masten last week ate a piece of paper in court containing what he said was the tip information rather than give it up. Masten, a former police chief, says the anonymous tip program's integrity is at stake.
Masten says that in 20 years, Crime Stoppers has helped solve some 34,000 crimes.