Judge Withheld Evidence: Innocent Man Sent to Prison for Murder he did not Commit
This is a very chilling story about a judge, Judge Ken Anderson from Texas, who, as a district attorney in 1986, prosecuted an innocent man for the murder of his wife. He purposely withheld critical evidence that would have proved Michael Morton‘s innocence. Instead, Michael Morton was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. There is now going to be an “inquiry” into Judge Ken Anderson’s role for “prosecutorial misconduct.”
Will he be convicted of wrongdoing?
In a nine-hour deposition, Anderson said he could not remember details of the prosecution. If he had known of information that pointed to Morton’s innocence, he insisted, he would have told defense lawyers.
“He has apologized not only to Mr. Morton but to all persons who have been affected by this, which clearly includes Mr. Morton’s son, Eric,” Nichols said.
In my opinion, Judge Ken Anderson should be sent to prison for what he did to an innocent man and his family. What do you think? Click on the link below to read the full story…
It had been 14 years since their last meeting. Father and son sat uncomfortably last fall in the well-appointed home of the Houston lawyer who helped free Eric Olson’s father from prison.
The only clothes Eric remembered seeing his dad wear before were prison whites. Now, he noticed, his dad was dressed just like him: blue jeans, a button-down shirt, even similar shoes.
How should he feel about meeting the man who he had believed savagely killed his mother and felt no remorse? At age 28, with his pregnant wife at his side, Eric saw his father Michael Morton as an innocent man for the first time. Was this really happening, he wondered. It felt like a movie.
“I don’t know if I should feel tears of joy or laughter. I remember mostly being kind of numb the whole night, mostly sitting there, listening, just waiting for … I don’t know. Waiting for everything to make sense again,” Eric recalled. “Only months before that, we were still supposed to hate him.”
Eric was 3 years old and had recently recovered from open heart surgery on Aug. 13, 1986, when his mother, Christine Morton, was beaten to death in her bed in their North Austin home. Six weeks after her death, police arrested Morton, pulling his sobbing toddler from his arms as they led him to a police cruiser. Six months after losing his mother, Eric lost his father, too, when a Williamson County jury convicted Morton of murder and sent him to prison for life.
- Evidence of Innocence: The case of Michael Morton (cbsnews.com)
- In The Last 22 Years, Nearly A Quarter Of Texas’ Convictions Were Overturned Due To Prosecutorial Error (businessinsider.com)
- Texas Wrongful Conviction Explorer (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
- Morton case heats up Wilco DA race (kxan.com)
- Texas DA linked to wrongful conviction out of job (mysanantonio.com)
- Courts Found DA Error in Nearly 25% of Reversed Cases – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals | The Texas Tribune (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)
- How Corrupt Prosecutors Get Away With Sending Innocent People to Jail (politicalcrazyness.tumblr.com)