Murder Cases Put "Junk Science" in the Spotlight

Undigested bits of mushrooms and tomatoes from Christine Morton’s last meal — a celebratory birthday dinner she had with her husband — were still in her stomach when the medical examiner performed his autopsy in 1986. 

Those remnants, the prosecutor told the jury during Michael Morton’s trial, “scientifically proved” that Morton had beaten his wife to death.

Twenty-five years later, DNA science revealed that someone else had actually killed Christine Morton and that her husband’s murder conviction and more than two decades in prison were a tragic mistake. His exoneration based on DNA evidence is the 45th in Texas ...

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