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Wrongful conviction

2015

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The Michael Morton Act: Minimizing Prosecutorial Misconduct., Cynthia E. Hujar Orr, Robert G. Rodery Jan 2015

The Michael Morton Act: Minimizing Prosecutorial Misconduct., Cynthia E. Hujar Orr, Robert G. Rodery

St. Mary's Law Journal

Twenty-five years ago, Texas prosecutors significantly limited the pre-trial discovery it disclosed to criminal defendants. As a result of this policy, innocent individuals accused of murder, like Michael Morton, were denied their right to due process. Michael Morton was incarcerated for twenty-five years following a wrongful murder conviction. He was denied access to crucial evidence, which included a bandana with the victim’s blood and the killer’s hair, and eyewitness accounts describing the killer at or near the time of the murder. The prosecutor purposely withheld this evidence from Michael Morton; but thanks to the efforts of the Innocence Project, he …