Cleared of Murder, Morton Seeks Accountability

Michael Morton stands in a Williamson County courtroom with his attorneys, John Raley of the Houston law firm Raley & Bowick, and Nina Morrison of the New York-based Innocence Project. Morton was officially exonerated Dec. 19, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's murder.
Michael Morton stands in a Williamson County courtroom with his attorneys, John Raley of the Houston law firm Raley & Bowick, and Nina Morrison of the New York-based Innocence Project. Morton was officially exonerated Dec. 19, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's murder.

Murder charges against former grocery store manager Michael Morton were formally dismissed on Monday. But for Morton, the day was not only about hugs and happiness. It was also about trying to hold accountable the man who prosecuted him.

Building Codes to Tighten Across Texas

Douglas McAffe inspecting the insulation of a house in central Austin.
Douglas McAffe inspecting the insulation of a house in central Austin.

In January, Texas will adopt a statewide building code that should cut the energy consumption of new single-family homes by more than 15 percent — and big cities like Houston are jumping even further ahead.

Exonerated of Murder, Morton Seeks Prosecutor Inquiry

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Judge Ken Anderson (l) and Michael Morton (r)
Judge Ken Anderson (l) and Michael Morton (r)

When Michael Morton is officially cleared of wrongful murder charges on Monday, his lawyers will try to do something unprecedented: They will ask for a special inquiry into former prosecutor Ken Anderson's role in his conviction.

A Road Trip, Mexican Style, to Watch the Cowboys

Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

The Dallas Cowboys have attracted a devoted fan base in Mexico, a country where American football ranks second to Mexican fútbol. Travelers risk overnight bus tours on roads traversed by violent drug cartels for the chance to see a game at Cowboys Stadium.