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Michael Morton

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The death penalty is about many things -- retribution, punishment, anger, a misguided desire for some illusory "cosmic balancing" of the scales of justice. Yet it is most about imagination.

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

Finally, a Prosecutor Goes to Jail for Evidence Tampering

David A. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

It was a long time coming, but finally America has reached a milestone in the area of criminal justice. In Texas, a former D.A. has made history by becoming the first prosecutor in U.S. to suffer criminal punishment for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.

An Unreal Dream: Justice and Reform Win Over Corruption

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Robert L. Cavnar

The Houston Cinema Arts Festival screened An Unreal Dream, the story about Michael Morton, who was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder in 1986 and then trapped in the Texas prison system for 25 years.

Former Texas Prosecutor Jailed For Wrongful Conviction

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Texas — GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas prosecutor who won a conviction that sent an innocent man to prison for nearly 25 ...

For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

Mark Godsey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Crime
Mark Godsey

Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife.

Man Exonerated Of Slaying Wife Feels 'Mixed Bag' As New Suspect Found Guilty

AP | Posted 03.28.2013 | Crime

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A West Texas jury on Wednesday convicted a man for the murder of an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her sl...

Ken Anderson Court of Inquiry Shows Prosecutorial Misconduct at its Worst

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Arrogant, defiant, and dishonest, Anderson's alleged misconduct in Morton's trial, and his present attempt to justify his deceit of court, jury, and defense counsel, typifies the worst in prosecutors.

Did Prosecutor Hide Evidence To Send Innocent Man To Jail?

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Texas — A former Texas prosecutor who worked for an ex-district attorney at the center of a wrongful conviction case said Wednesday ...

Ex-District Attorney Possibly Hid 'Monster' In Murder Case

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 04.07.2013 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Texas — A Texas man who was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 25 years for his wife's murder told a judge Monday that neither he nor ...

Michael Didn't Kill His Wife - But Spent Years In Prison For It

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 12.19.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON — The State Bar of Texas is suing a former prosecutor who is now a state district judge, accusing him of withholding memos and other wri...

David Lohr

Police Use DNA To Nail Suspect For Killing A Grandmother Decades Ago | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the violent murder of Mildred McKinney, a 73-year-old woman who was slain in her Central Texas home...

TEXAS INJUSTICE: 91 Cases Of Prosecutor Misconduct, No Discipline

Austin Chronicle | Posted 06.06.2012 | Crime

Although courts have confirmed that prosecutorial misconduct occurred in 91 Texas criminal cases between 2004 and 2008, not a single prosecutor among ...

WATCH: '60 Minutes' Interview Exposes Power Of Prosecutors

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.25.2012 | Crime

Back in 1987, Michael Morton was convicted of murdering his wife. Upon being led to prison, he vowed that he was innocent, telling onlookers "I did no...

Prosecutors Gone Wild: How Many Wrongful Convictions Will the Public Stand for?

Conrad Black | Posted 03.07.2012 | Crime
Conrad Black

In releasing Michael Morton after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment, the judge expressed his "sympathies," but said his release proved that the United States "has the best justice system in the world." In fact, it is a frequently evil and generally defective system that thrives on complacency.

Public Records Helped Free Texas Man

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 12.06.2011 | Crime
Kenneth F. Bunting

If you care about good government and justice, now would be a good time to ask if the records that helped to free Michael Morton would be readily available under your state's public disclosure laws.

Texas To Free Man Imprisoned For Killing Wife

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.03.2011 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP/Huffington Post); Texas prosecutors agreed Monday to release an Austin man sentenced to life in prison in the 1986 beating death...