Friday, February 8, 2013

Michael Morton: Special hearing; Day Four; (Thursday); Former Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley says he's changed his mind about Morton documents. Reporter Chuck Lindell. The Statesman.

STORY: "Bradley says he's changed his mind about Morton documents," by reported Chuck Lindell, published in The Statesman on February 7, 2013.

GIST: "Former Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley was called to the stand by Anderson’s lawyers to explain why he no longer believes that trial Judge William Lott wanted to review all of Sgt. Don Wood’s investigative notes, reports and documents before Morton’s trial. Bradley, who acknowledged a long friendship and working relationship with Anderson makes him “not the most neutral person in this case,” had reached the opposite conclusion in a 2011 affidavit prepared by Morton lawyer Barry Scheck with Bradley’s input. Since then, Bradley testified, a more thorough review of trial records led him to believe that instead of being ordered to submit documents, Anderson volunteered to turn over a Wood report to resolve a dispute with defense lawyers, who were seeking to suppress Morton’s statements to investigators on the day his wife was murdered. “It is my feeling that if there is no court order, there can be no crime” for the court of inquiry to consider, Bradley concluded. Bradley finished testifying at 6:45 p.m. The court of inquiry will resume at 8 a.m. Friday. “I’ve been assured that both sides will be able to wrap it up by noon tomorrow,” Sturns announced to laughter from an audience that has grown used to this week’s proceedings lasting far longer than expected......... Reading a transcript of the trial, Hardin noted that White requested written statements, offense reports, notes and tape recordings made by Wood “and any other (favorable) material the state might have.” In the hearing, Lott next turned to Anderson and asked, “Do you have anything that is favorable to the accused?” “No, sir,” Anderson replied."

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Texas Tribune story: (Reporter Brandi Grissom): "One of the most theatrical moments of the day came as Hardin wrapped up his presentation of evidence. Anderson's lawyers argued that they wanted to keep out of the case a deposition of Sgt. Don Wood. They said the former officer had been too ill to give the testimony when he was deposed in 2011. "I do find it fairly ironic," Hardin said. "Once again, we are talking about excluding from the light of day relevant testimony in the case of a man wrongly convicted for 25 years.""

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