A Prosecutor’s Conscious Choice
April 19, 2013 5:40 PM Subscribe
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“This court cannot think of a more intentionally harmful act than a prosecutor’s conscious choice to hide mitigating evidence so as to create an uneven playing field for a defendant facing a murder charge and a life sentence." A Texas court finds probable cause
that ex-District Attorney Ken Anderson intentionally hid evidence to secure a 1987 murder conviction against the now-exonerated Michael Morton
Morton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on February 17, 1989. He was released on October 4, 2011. He was officially exonerated on December 19, 2011.
Anderson is facing a charge of tampering with physical evidence (a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison), a charge of tampering with a government record (a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail), and a show cause order for criminal contempt of court (punishable by a $500 fine and up to six months in jail). He is also being sued by the State Bar of Texas for his conduct in the Morton case. He does not yet have to step down from his position as a district judge. His term expires in 2014.