Prosecutorial misconduct in the Michael Morton case

Background: Michael Morton was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife 25 years ago.  He served 25 years and was finally exonerated on DNA evidence late last year – evidence that prosecutors fought the testing of for over 6 years.  After his release, information was revealed that the prosecutor (Ken Anderson) withheld evidence about a similar murder in the same area that occurred years later that was also unsolved.  He also withheld information about his 3 year old son’s statements to his grandmother, that he saw a monster attacking his mother….it was not his father.

The DNA matched Mark Norwood who has recently been indicted in connection to both murders. The disturbing thing is that if police and prosecutors had properly run the investigation by connecting the two murders, it’s very likely that Norwood would have been arrested years ago.

Now the prosecutor is facing a court of inquiry due to prosecutorial misconduct in this case.  Let’s hope he is arrested and that this case will set a precedence so that prosecutors will begin being held accountable for their clear misconduct that leads to the conviction of innocent people.

“Anderson is accused of not turning over all documents that could have proved the innocence of Morton, who was exonerated in October after DNA testing showed he didn’t kill his wife in 1986.

State District Judge Louis Sturns of Tarrant County will oversee the court of inquiry, which is a rare option in Texas.

“They can be very, very effective and they can be very effective, it seems like, especially in the cases of exoneration,” said former Travis County District Court Judge Charlie Baird, who has presided over two courts of inquiry.

“If at the end of the day- at the end of the hearing- Judge Sturns determines that Ken Anderson committed some type of crime- contempt of court, fabrication of evidence, then he could order Mr. Anderson arrested right there on the spot.”

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Author: Lynne

I research and write about questionable cases, unfair trials, police misconduct, wrongful convictions and exonerations.


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