TX: Bar dismisses Bradley complaint in Morton case
Tue Jan 3, 2012 17:12
Bar dismisses Bradley complaint in Morton case By Chuck Lindell | Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 11:39 AM
The State Bar of Texas has dismissed a complaint alleging that Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley engaged in misconduct and violated ethics rules in his handling of the Michael Morton case.
Morton was freed in October after serving almost 25 years in prison when DNA tests implicated another man in the 1986 murder of his wife, Christine Morton, in their southwest Williamson County home.
According to the grievance filed by the Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability, which focuses on attorney responsibility, Bradley improperly fought to prevent the DNA testing that led to Morton’s exoneration, extending his prison stay by six years until an appeals court ordered the testing to take place.
But in a Dec. 28 letter, released today by Bradley, the state bar’s Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel said an examination determined that “the information alleged does not demonstrate professional misconduct.”
The grievance has been dismissed, the letter added, though the coalition could file an appeal with the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
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