Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ken Anderson: Texas; (Aftermath 2): Informative NBC story reveals an aspect of the sentencing hearing of interest to this Blog: "Charges of tampering with evidence — which could have meant 10 years in prison — were dropped as part of the deal under which Anderson will be disbarred."

STORY: "Ex-Texas prosecutor first in history to be jailed for withholding evidence," by reporter M. Alex Johnson, published by NBC News on  November 9, 2013

SUB-HEADING: "Michael Morton, accused of murdering his wife, was released from prison after being locked up for nearly 25 years because DNA evidence proved him innocent. The prosecutor in the case was charged with failing to disclose evidence that undercut the cast against Morton – but he wasn't given a harsh penalty because of the statute of limitations."

GIST: "Charges of tampering with evidence — which could have meant 10 years in prison — were dropped as part of the deal, under which Anderson will be disbarred.  Prosecutors are required by law to share any evidence they collect that could help the defense. But Anderson withheld two critical facts in his prosecution of Morton: that witnesses reported seeing a man park a green van nearby and walk into the woods near the Mortons' house and that Morton's 3-year-old son specifically said Morton wasn't at the scene. Morton was released from prison two years ago, when new DNA evidence proved his innocence. In March, a drifter named Mark Alan Norwood was convicted of beating Christine Morton to death her in bed based on the same evidence. Gerald Goldstein, an attorney for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic affiliated with the Yeshiva University Law School, said Anderson's sentence, however brief, was precedent-shattering. "This is the first time in the country's history that a prosecutor has been found guilty of criminal contempt, will go to jail and be stripped of their law license," Goldstein told NBC station KXAN of Austin."

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