TX: Board dismisses complaint against Bradley in Morton case
Tue Apr 24, 2012 14:11
Board dismisses complaint against Bradley in Morton case By Chuck Lindell | Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:20 AM
An appeals board 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.
The Board of Disciplinary Appeals ruled that the State Bar of Texas’ office of chief disciplinary counsel properly dismissed the complaint in January, according to aletter dated April 19.
The board reviewed the complaint as filed, taking no additional information, and determined that the accusations did not allege any violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the ethics rules for lawyers, the letter said.
The decision closes the matter, the letter added, noting that there is no appeal for disciplinary board decisions.
The complaint against Bradley was filed last year by Julie Oliver with the Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability, an Austin organization that focuses on attorney responsibility.
Oliver accused Bradley of improperly fighting to prevent the DNA testing that led to Morton’s exoneration. Bradley’s opposition, Oliver alleged, was an apparent attempt to cover up misconduct by Morton’s trial prosecutors and extended Morton’s prison stay by six years before an appeals court ordered the testing to take place.
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 southwestern Williamson County home. Mark Alan Norwood, a Bastrop dishwasher and former Austin carpet installer, now faces capital murder charges in Christine Morton’s murder.
The former district attorney who prosecuted Morton, Ken Anderson, faces a court of inquiry to determine if he withheld information from defense lawyers that could have spared Morton from a murder conviction and life sentence.
The court of inquiry will convene Sept. 11 in Georgetown and will be led by Fort Worth District Judge Louis Sturns and special prosecutor Rusty Hardin, a Houston lawyer.
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