Former Texas Prosecutor and Current Judge Faces Court of Inquiry Over Alleged Misconduct Leading To Innocent Man Spending 25 Years In Jail

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.

Source: Statesman

39 thoughts on “Former Texas Prosecutor and Current Judge Faces Court of Inquiry Over Alleged Misconduct Leading To Innocent Man Spending 25 Years In Jail”

  1. Again Jill goes off a vital topic to satisfy her hatred of Obama, even though everyone here has discussed her information on numerous threads.
    Trolling Jill does not become you and in your hatred of all who don’t accept your views fully you become a troll. Blind hatred, mixed with political perspective is as ugly and dangerous as anything done by those you oppose and were you to gain power, based on your written production equally as dangerous to us all, as those you despise.

    1. Again, Mike S.,

      Your statement to Jill is either all encompassing to everyone that take a person, party or ideal and single focused or that they are so narrow minded that they cannot see past there own nose because everything stinks if you’re not just like them….. you have to fit in the cookie cutter world they have ordained…..and not just for themselves….

  2. Texas no doubt is the acme of police and prosecutorial misconduct, but I suspect it is quite common in the rest of the US. DA positions are political and a springboard politically, this man became a Judge after all. Police are under pressure to clear cases and look to the most obvious suspects, usually those close to the victim. Even though we all are aware there are “random” murderers it is hard work to prove and that’s why serial killers have multiple victims. Mix that in with a strong feeling of vengeance over justice and you have a recipe for convicting the innocent.

    1. Mike S.,

      Not to defend stupidity….. But Texas does not have the record set for innocent folks going to prison….. How many do you think Florida, New York have incarcerated…..

  3. Actually, imprisoning the innocent and killing them is now completely lawful for the president and his designated group of “deciders”.

    Why is this behavior only reprehensible when done by someone at the lower level of govt.? I would say this behavior is reprehensible, period.

    51% of self-identified liberal Dems agree that the power of the president to imprison and/or kill the innocent is fine by them. That type of “ethical” judgment leaves no basis for complaint against what this judge is doing. To my mind, this is one reason why it is imperative that people make the mental connections between what is happening at the top of the food chain and the bottom.

    Other people are being harmed. The principle of harm proceeds from the same first premise-the powerful may do as they wish. As a people, we must stop believing that the harm of others is just fine, at least when our BFF does it. It is not fine, not even close.

  4. Has a prosecutor any immunity from suit for damages under the provisions of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and/or conspiracy to deprive someone of their civil rights? Does immunity erode when the withholding of evidence results in a wrongful conviction and imprisonment? Who else was in on it? What venue choice for the civil rights damage suit does the plaintiff have? The Statesman newspaper is from Austin, TX. Seems like a jury from that federal jurisdiction would give plaintiff a good jury panel. Fairer than most of Texas. I wonder if this victim would shoot the ex prosecutor now judge in the head in open court, would a jury convict him? The prosecutor tried to kill him in open court . We need some simple justice here–its Texas.

  5. No one else noticed that a dishwasher is suspected of killing a Master Baker? Maybe it’s just me.

  6. raff,

    No one has ever said the Justice system was Just….


    There is more to be revealed in this county.. that I can assure you….


    DeLay….. now what is different today… he is being held to the same standards he wants for everyone else…. damn… sometimes the shoe is a little tight.

  7. Off-topic, but related:
    Many’s later thoughts were over the conveniency or expeditive merits of murdering JFK in Texas.
    Just now, has awakened the thought that the choice of Texas, was an exprssion of: “FU, the President is that only in Washington! And barely that! there.” I.e., states’ rights in all its glory, or rebellion in all its.

  8. Left out of this story (may be in the Statesman story – haven’t read that yet) is that Anderson’s successor fought a years-long war attempting to block the DNA testing in an effort to protect his predecessor… and that isn’t the only blood on his hands.

    Current DA John Bradley, as the appointed (by Rick Perry) head of the Texas Forensic Science Commission was responsible for blocking forensic evidence from being used to delay the execution of Cameron Todd Wilingham. A posthumous review of DNA evidence has since exonerated Willingham.

    Anderson should go down in flames for his part in the Morton miscarriage, and Bradley will hopefully be not far behind. Now we just need to figure a way to send Rick Perry back to the farm.

  9. This man is SICK and deserves to by lynched! There is no way Mr. Morton can be compensated for what has been done to him (not that they would even really try to). Can you even IMAGINE what it would be like to spend 25 years in jail at all, let alone for something you didn’t do? And the prosecutor KNEW that you didn’t do? I wonder what the Special Court of Inquiry will do! Probably whitewash the whole thing. Will it even slap him on the wrist? Ooopsie! I just reread it! For his alleged ”misconduct!” Glad it was just a little ole bit of mischief instead of something really bad. SHEEEESH!

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