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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:22 PM

Justice Served? Morton says he takes no pleasure in turning tables on Williamson DA Anderson (updat

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Over seven days of trial in February 1987, Michael Morton sat at the defense table while his prosecutor, Ken Anderson, portrayed him as an emotionally cruel, perverted killer to jurors who found him guilty of murder in less than two hours.

This week, in an extraordinary reversal of fortune, it was Anderson’s turn to sit at a defense table while lawyers argued his fate.

A now-exonerated Morton has been about 15 feet away — first on the witness stand, where he got to look Anderson in the eye while he recounted the brutality of prison and the losses he suffered, and lately from the courtroom audience, where he watches the back of Anderson’s head from the front-row bench he shares with his fiancee and mother.

“I don’t want to say that it was sweet, because it wasn’t,” Morton told the American-Statesman. “It’s like a hard duty. We don’t revel in our enemy’s pain or suffering, but it was one of those things that I think has to happen, because the big picture here is accountability.”

Through the work of Morton and his lawyers, a court of inquiry was convened Monday to examine allegations that Anderson broke state laws by hiding evidence to secure a guilty verdict, robbing Morton of 25 years of freedom, a relationship with his then-toddler son and a chance to grieve his murdered wife, Christine.


More including a video interview with Morton at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/exclusive-interview-morton-says-he-takes-no-pleasu/nWHGF/#cmComments .

2/6/2013 8:20 p.m. UPDATE: Morton's lawyer says new evidence would have made the defense.

Bill White, one of two lawyers who represented Michael Morton at his 1987 trial, stated adamantly and repeatedly that Ken Anderson never told him about two key pieces of evidence that “would have made the defense.”

“Nobody knows what would’ve happened if we had it, but we didn’t,” White said,

First was the transcript of a police interview that revealed the Mortons’ 3-year-old son, Eric, said a monster attacked his mother while Michael Morton was not home.

Perhaps more important, White said, was a police report taken from a neighbor who said a suspicious man parked a green van on the street behind the Morton home and, on several occasions, walked into the wooded area behind their home.


http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/witness-describes-anderson-prosecution-strategy/nWHH6/#cmComments

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:54 PM

1. Everyone involved in the prosecution of Mr Morton should be in prison

I am well familiar with this case.

The prosecution had nothing, Morton had an alibi.

They hid everything that would have exonerated Morton.

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:16 PM

2. I hope Anderson gets prison - years - at least 25.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:35 PM

4. See my post below.

It doesn't look like Anderson will serve time. Considering his age, if he loses his license to practice then it will be of minor consequence.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:33 PM

3. Update to story.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/witness-describes-anderson-prosecution-strategy/nWHH6/#cmComments

One comment to the story made the point that Anderson wasn't concerned about justice, but wanted a high conviction rate to bolster his career.

The possible punishments for Anderson are public reprimand, probated suspension of his law license, active suspension of his law license, or disbarment. The judge could also force Anderson to pay the attorneys’ fees of the State Bar commission.

My personal opinion is that if it is proven that Anderson acted with either wanton disregard or malice that he would reimburse the state for the payouts made to exonerated prisoners. That equates to approximately $2 million.

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