Morton allegations ‘unjustified,’ Anderson says By Chuck Lindell | Monday, January 9, 2012, 04:34 PM
Lawyers for former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson late this afternoon filed briefs opposing calls for a special court to review allegations that Anderson improperly withheld favorable evidence to secure the 1987 murder conviction of Michael Morton.
The “unjustified and insupportable” allegations are based on an incorrect reading of the Morton trial records and a misunderstanding of Texas law, the Anderson brief said.
Anderson asked District Judge Sid Harle to deny a request from Morton’s lawyers — Houston attorney John Raley and Innocence Project lawyers Barry Scheck and Nina Morrison — to form a court of inquiry to examine allegations that Anderson improperly withheld evidence favorable to Morton.
‘It is unfortunate that the Innocence Project has attempted to leverage good work done by it and others on Mr. Morton’s behalf - to secure his exoneration - into unjustified and insupportable allegations of criminal conduct by Ken Anderson,” the brief said.
Morton was freed in October after serving almost 25 years for a murder he did not commit.
The brief, the most detailed defense offered by Anderson to date, also said that a court of inquiry would be inappropriate because applicable statutes of limitations ran out long ago.
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