News 09.24.13

Michael Morton Prosecutor Resigns

KVUE – ABC Austin reports that former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson, who faces criminal contempt and tampering charges for failing to turn over evidence pointing to the innocence of Michael Morton, has resigned from his post as Williamson County District Judge in a letter to the governor. The news station reports that in his letter to the governor, Anderson wrote: “Dear Governor Perry: I am hereby resigning my office as Judge of the 277th District Court effective immediately.” Perry accepted the resignation.

 

Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison after being convicted of the murder of his wife before DNA testing of crime scene evidence proved his innocence and identified a convicted offender in the national DNA databank as the perpetrator.

 

In April, a Texas judge ruled there was probable cause to believe Anderson violated three criminal laws by concealing evidence in the case, and issued a warrant for his arrest. The decision to bring criminal charges against Anderson comes at the conclusion of a Court of Inquiry that was convened at the request of the Innocence Project, which uncovered evidence that Anderson failed to turn over that could have prevented Morton’s wrongful conviction during its decade-long legal battle to prove Morton’s innocence.

 

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