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Texas exoneree wants accountability, not revenge

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WILL WEISSERT | March 29, 2012 02:36 PM EST | AP


AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit wants tougher penalties against prosecutors who withhold evidence.

Michael Morton says he wants to ensure that prosecutors could be fined or even disbarred for concealing facts in the courtroom.

In an interview Thursday, the 57-year-old said he plans to get new rules enacted in Texas by working with lawmakers and the State Bar of Texas, and using the fame generated by his high-profile case.

Morton was convicted in the 1986 beating death of his wife. But he was freed in October after DNA evidence linked another man to the murder.

A special prosecutor is now investigating allegations that the prosecutor in Morton's case, Ken Anderson, hid evidence. Anderson is now a judge.