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Former Williamson Co. Prosecutor Ken Anderson Faces Court Of Inquiry
A quarter-century ago Michael Morton sat in the defense chair, but on Monday he took the witness stand in a rare court of inquiry that will examine the role of former prosecutor Ken Anderson in Morton’s wrongful murder conviction.
Morton was the first to testify. He became emotional and was brought to tears when asked about life behind bars for the last 25 years.
"I got used to the lack of privacy, restriction of movement, the violence, the forced associations, and the lack of seeing my son," Morton said.
Morton and his lawyers allege that former prosecutor, Ken Anderson, kept critical evidence from the defense during the six week murder investigation. Morton's own request in regards to Anderson’s alleged misconduct is that Judge Louis Sturns "does what needs to be done, but be gentle with Judge Anderson."
Anderson had no comment on Monday, but maintains he committed to no wrongdoing.
Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, spearheaded the new DNA testing that set Morton free. Sheck also worked with O.J. Simpson, and is convinced evidence in Anderson's case proves contempt of court.
"The evidence is going to demonstrate Judge Anderson knew about this exculpatory evidence and didn’t disclose it," Scheck said.
The DNA evidence found near the crime scene has been identified as that or Mark Norwood. Norwood will stand trial for Christine Morton's murder on March 18, and is also charged with the 1988 murder of Debra Masters Baker of Austin.
A dozen more, including Ken Anderson, who were involved with the case are expected to testify.
By Cassie Gallo