The same week that the Durham District Attorney is appearing in a hearing on her possible removal, a Texas judge has found probable cause that former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson withheld exculpatory evidence and may have caused a innocent man to be wrongfully convicted. Anderson, now a district judge himself, will face a likely special court of inquiry over his alleged misconduct.
Michael Morton was exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 25 years in prison. DNA evidence points to another suspect in the murder of Morton’s wife.
The DNA implicated Mark Alan Norwood, who was working as a dishwasher in Bastrop, Texas. Norwood is now accused of beating Christine Morton to death and suspected of killing Debra Master Baker in 1988.
For his part, Anderson is accused of an impressive array of acts of serious misconduct including tampering with evidence, concealing evidence from both the defendant and the court, and even hiding a critical transcript.