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Michael Morton was a man wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of his wife, Christine Morton, in 1986. He served nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in October 2011 when DNA evidence connected another man to the murder. 

Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson handed Morton a life sentence in 1987 after a jury found him guilty ...

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Start of Norwood Trial Brings Emotional Testimony

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Eric Olson, who was 3 when his mother Christine Morton was murdered in 1986, enters the Tom Green County Courthouse with his wife Maggie Olson for the trial of Mark Alan Norwood on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Eric Olson, who was 3 when his mother Christine Morton was murdered in 1986, enters the Tom Green County Courthouse with his wife Maggie Olson for the trial of Mark Alan Norwood on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The first full day of Mark Alan Norwood's murder trial was marked by the emotional testimony of Michael Morton, who for the first time faced his wife's alleged killer in the courtroom, and by gory photos of the murder scene. It was also notable for the absence of any reference to Morton's wrongful conviction for the crime.

Mark Norwood exits the Tom Green County Courthouse after jury selection for his trial, Mar 18, 2013.
Mark Norwood exits the Tom Green County Courthouse after jury selection for his trial, Mar 18, 2013.

Jury Chosen for Mark Norwood's Murder Trial

The prosecutor and lawyers for Mark Norwood chose a jury on Monday that will decide whether the former Bastrop dishwasher is guilty of the 1986 bludgeoning death of Christine Morton.

Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.
Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.

Trial Switches Focus of Morton Case to Alleged Killer

Mark Norwood for more than 16 months has been awaiting his trial that begins today for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton. Prosecutors could focus on his criminal history and will likely try to link him to evidence from the crime scene.

Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.
Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.

Judge Denies Mark Norwood's Request for New Lawyers

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Mark Norwood, accused of Christine Morton's 1986 murder, pleaded unsuccessfully on Wednesday for the judge to appoint new lawyers for him, saying his current representation isn't his "best bud."

Michael Morton testifies in support of Senate Bill 825, which would increase prosecutorial accountability, before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on March 12, 2013.
Michael Morton testifies in support of Senate Bill 825, which would increase prosecutorial accountability, before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on March 12, 2013.

Senate Panel OKs Increased Prosecutor Accountability

A day after the premiere of a documentary about his tragic wrongful conviction, exoneree Michael Morton sat before a Senate panel and pleaded with them to approve a law that would ensure accountability for prosecutors.

Michael Morton, freed in 2011 after spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, takes the stand on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in the Georgetown Courthouse. Feb. 4, 2013.
Michael Morton, freed in 2011 after spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, takes the stand on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in the Georgetown Courthouse. Feb. 4, 2013.

Whitmire Bill Aims to Improve Prosecutor Accountability

In the wake of Michael Morton's high-profile exoneration, state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, filed a bill Tuesday that aims to ensure more accountability for prosecutors who are accused of withholding evidence.

The first day of the inquiry into former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson, which will examine allegations that Anderson hid five pieces of evidence before, during and after Michael Morton's 1987 trial. Jan 4, 2013.
The first day of the inquiry into former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson, which will examine allegations that Anderson hid five pieces of evidence before, during and after Michael Morton's 1987 trial. Jan 4, 2013.

Rep. Joe Moody Files Open Discovery Bill

A bill filed by state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, on Monday would require prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases to open their files to their opponents. It could have momentum in the wake of Michael Morton's exoneration.

Ken Anderson, John Bradley and Rosemary Lehmberg.
Ken Anderson, John Bradley and Rosemary Lehmberg.

Ken Anderson's Testimony Caps Dramatic Inquiry

An indignant and defensive Ken Anderson brought a dramatic end to a week of emotional testimony in the unusual court examination of whether he should face criminal charges for his 1987 prosecution of Michael Morton.

The court of inquiry explores former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson's role in the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, Feb 6, 2013.
The court of inquiry explores former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson's role in the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, Feb 6, 2013.

Drama Erupts as Anderson Court of Inquiry Nears Its End

A day of legal theater in the Ken Anderson court of inquiry ended with a reversal-of-course by John Bradley. The firebrand ex-prosecutor backed away from previous damning statements he made about his former boss.

Michael Morton: The TT Interview

On Wednesday, Michael Morton sat down with the Tribune to talk about the pain and anger the court of inquiry for Ken Anderson is bringing up for him and his hopes for accountability in the wake of his wrongful conviction.

Michael Morton watches as the court of inquiry explores former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson's role in Morton's wrongful conviction, on Feb. 6, 2013.
Michael Morton watches as the court of inquiry explores former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson's role in Morton's wrongful conviction, on Feb. 6, 2013.

Morton Calls Anderson's Inquiry "Road to Accountability"

Exoneree Michael Morton says the sometimes painful court process examining his wrongful conviction is part of a journey he is on to find accountability and promote reform in the criminal justice system. 

The first day of the inquiry into former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson, which will examine allegations that Anderson hid five pieces of evidence before, during and after Michael Morton's 1987 trial. Jan 4, 2013.
The first day of the inquiry into former Williamson County D.A. Ken Anderson, which will examine allegations that Anderson hid five pieces of evidence before, during and after Michael Morton's 1987 trial. Jan 4, 2013.

Anderson Inquiry Continues With Former Asst Prosecutor

Judge Doug Arnold, a former Williamson County assistant district attorney who worked for Ken Anderson and for former district attorney John Bradley, testifies Wednesday about the Michael Morton case as the court of inquiry resumes. 

Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson, right, and Sheriff Jim Boutwell speak with reporters.
Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson, right, and Sheriff Jim Boutwell speak with reporters.

Michael Morton's Conviction Comes to Define Anderson

Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson faces a court of inquiry, starting Monday, that will determine whether he should face charges over a wrongful murder conviction.

Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.
Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.

Updated: Norwood Trial in Morton Murder Set for March

Mark Norwood's capital murder trial has been set for March in San Angelo. His lawyers sought the delay so they could find experts to review DNA evidence the state says links him to Christine Morton's 1986 murder. 

Mark Norwood Indicted in Second Austin Murder

Mark Norwood, the Bastrop dishwasher who was arrested one year ago for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton, was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on Friday for the January 1988 murder of Debra Masters Baker in Austin.

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

Ken Anderson Responds to State Bar's Ethics Filing

Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson argues that time has run out on claims that he violated ethics rules during the 1987 prosecution that led to the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.

Williamson County State District Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson at the first hearing in the court of inquiry investigating his role in the 1987 wrongful conviction of Michael Morton
Williamson County State District Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson at the first hearing in the court of inquiry investigating his role in the 1987 wrongful conviction of Michael Morton

Judge in Ken Anderson Inquiry: Testimony Will Be Public

The judge presiding over the court of inquiry of Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson denied a request Tuesday to allow Anderson's lawyer to depose Michael Morton's lawyers before a Dec. 10 public hearing.

John Bradley, Williamson County District Attorney in Georgetown, TX Friday November 11, 2011. Bradley is responsible for prosecuting felony criminal offenses that are committed in Williamson County.
John Bradley, Williamson County District Attorney in Georgetown, TX Friday November 11, 2011. Bradley is responsible for prosecuting felony criminal offenses that are committed in Williamson County.

John Bradley Eyes New Prosecuting Job

Outgoing Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley is being considered to head up the state office that prosecutes crimes in state prisons and juvenile detention facilities.

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

State Bar Seeks Disciplinary Action Against Anderson

The prosecutor who oversaw Michael Morton's wrongful conviction in 1987 is now facing both civil and criminal legal action and could be disbarred if he is found to have violated professional rules of conduct.

Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.
Mark Norwood being led into court for the first time on Jan. 18th 2011. He is charged with the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.

Prosecutor Will Not Seek Death Penalty in '86 Murder

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The special prosecutor in the 1986 murder of Christine Morton has decided not to seek the death penalty in its case against Mark Norwood, a Bastrop resident whose DNA was identified at two similar murder scenes.

Michael Morton: A Year of Freedom

A year after he was released from prison, Michael Morton says he is still enjoying the small blessings of free life. On Thursday, he's launching a website to aid his efforts to reform Texas laws and make prosecutors more accountable. 

The Texas District and County Attorneys Association released a report Monday about prosecutorial misconduct in the wake of the Michael Morton (pictured at bottom) exoneration. Among the examples discussed in the report are the cases of Delma Banks (top) and Anthony Graves (center).
The Texas District and County Attorneys Association released a report Monday about prosecutorial misconduct in the wake of the Michael Morton (pictured at bottom) exoneration. Among the examples discussed in the report are the cases of Delma Banks (top) and Anthony Graves (center).

District Attorneys' Report: Misconduct Exceedingly Rare

The state association that represents prosecutors reviewed 91 cases in which Innocence Project researchers identified prosecutor error or misconduct. The organization concluded there were actually only six cases of misconduct.

Lawyer Rusty Hardin in his Houston office on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Lawyer Rusty Hardin in his Houston office on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

Former Prosecutor Taps Full Range of Experiences

If Rusty Hardin ever thought he was special, he says, he'd lose all the advantages that have made him one of Texas' most successful prosecutors and famous defense lawyers. Now he's taking on a special role: investigating the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.