News 01.04.13

Dallas Morning News Honors Two Exonerees as “Texans of the Year”

Texas exonerees Christopher Scott and Michael Morton have been named the 2012 ‘Texans of the Year’ by

The Dallas Morning News

. Both Scott and Morton have dedicated much of their time post-release to bettering the broken justice system that claimed so many years of their lives.

 

Scott served 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. After his exoneration in 2010, he founded his own nonprofit organization, House of Renewed Hope, which is dedicated to freeing other wrongfully convicted individuals. Morton spent 25 years in prison (also jailed on false murder charges) and has been working to promote legislation aimed at curbing prosecutorial misconduct since his 2011 exoneration through DNA testing.

The Dallas Morning News

reports:


Rare is the man who emerges from the ordeal without bitterness and a hunger for revenge against those who wronged him. Then there are the temptations that come with huge compensation checks from the state for wrongful imprisonment. The opportunities for bad choices are too many to count. Some resist all that and choose a higher path…. For that reason, Scott and Morton — who once were doing life sentences despite their innocence — are the 2012 Dallas Morning News Texans of the Year.

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