03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jim Alderden, Ballon Boy Sheriff, Admits He May Have Misled Media: Was He Justified?

During the last two decades, the two largest law enforcement agencies in Fort Collins have deceived the public and media during investigations into high-profile cases, a tactic that has ethicists and criminologists questioning integrity standards.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden on Sunday told the world he deliberately misled the public when he said two days earlier he thought the Heene family was sincere when they reported to authorities their 6-year-old son Falcon was floating above Northern Colorado in an experimental balloon.

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