EDITORIAL: "Court of Inquiry and the Michael Morton case: Details of case that sent an innocent man to prison should put prosecutors on notice," published by the Houston Chronicle on February 8, 2013.

GIST:  "The court of inquiry has turned out to be an excellent vehicle for bringing transparency to a much-needed public examination into then-D.A. Anderson's actions. Rusty Hardin, one of Houston's top criminal defense attorneys, has vigorously laid out detailed accounts of how Anderson built a case on false assumptions and faulty evidence while vigorously acting to keep the defense from obtaining documents that would have helped their case. Anderson even went so far as to keep the deputy who was the lead investigator from testifying because he would have been required to turn over the deputy's reports, including the ones on the son's account and of the suspicious stranger. Meanwhile, Anderson's attorneys have mounted a vigorous and capable defense of their client, bringing out mitigating facts that had not been made public. Even if Anderson is not found to have committed any crime, other prosecutors should be sobered by the detailed public account of how badly he botched this case - and the horrible consequences that resulted. The possibility that they could suffer such public exposure should make them cautious."