News 10.17.11

Investigation Goes on in Morton Case

Michael Morton was freed from prison earlier this month after serving 25 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Since his release, legal wrangling has continued over an investigation into whether prosecutors committed misconduct at Morton’s original trial.

Morton’s legal team – which includes the Innocence Project – objected to the terms of a motion filed last Thursday by prosecutors in the case. And now Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will become involved in the investigation at the request of Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley.

“As the husband of the murder victim and someone who was wrongfully convicted of the crime, Mr. Morton has a deep personal interest in seeing justice done, so we will want to consult with the Attorney General as the new investigation proceeds,” Houston attorney John Raley (of Raley & Bowick LLP) said today on behalf of Morton’s legal team. “We welcome Mr. Bradley’s pledge of cooperation with our investigation into the allegations that exculpatory evidence was hidden from Mr. Morton and the trial court, and trust there will be no more misunderstandings as to that process goes forward.” Read more on recent events in the case

from the Austin American-Statesman


Download the briefs filed on Thursday:

State’s Motion

for Mandate to Issue

Applicant’s Opposition to State’s Motion

for Mandate to Issue

State’s Motion

to Withdraw Motion for Mandate to Issue

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