Saturday, February 9, 2013

Michael Morton: Pamela Colloff on the close of "another chapter" in the Michael Morton case; Must Read. HL: Contains links to her groundbreaking work on the Morton case. Texas Monthly.

COMMENTARY: "Another chapter closes in the Michael Morton case: The final day of the court of inquiry into alleged prosecutorial misconduct by former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson ended with the man who helped put Michael in prison for a crime he didn't commit calling the accusations against him "so bogus it’s unreal," by Pamela Colloff, published in The Texas Monthly on February 8, 2013.

GIST: "As reporters and cameramen gathered around Michael at the conclusion of the day, he seemed momentarily at a loss for words. Earlier in the week, Michael had asked Sturns to “be gentle” on Anderson. But Michael was clearly shocked by what Anderson had, and had not, said. Listening to the man who helped send him to prison for life, he told reporters, was “wrenching.” Anderson’s testimony “was unexpected to say the very least,” he added. “I was hoping for more.” Before turning to walk away with the lawyers who secured his exoneration, Michael said, “I think we saw someone who is still struggling with denial and anger. . . .This is a man who has been in a position of power for almost three decades, and for the first time has had to answer for his actions, and he’s very uncomfortable with that.” Michael stated that he trusted that Sturns—who will likely issue a decision this spring about whether Anderson should face criminal charges—would “do the right thing.”"

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