Saturday, April 20, 2013

Why is this man smiling?

Will the Judicial Conduct Commission remove him from the Bench?

After all the Judge presiding over the Court of Inquiry made a finding that Judge Anderson subverted justice while he was the DA in Williamson County.

Will he be punished by a system he swore to uphold?

Will he be punished because his actions caused an innocent man to spend 25 years in prison for something he did not do?

Naaah, the good old boy system will probably protect him.

Judge finds that Anderson hid evidence in Morton murder trial

By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

Georgetown — Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson was arrested and booked into jail and then released on bail Friday after a specially convened court found that he intentionally hid evidence to secure Michael Morton’s 1987 conviction for murder.

In a blunt and scathing ruling, District Judge Louis Sturns said Anderson acted to defraud the trial court and Morton’s defense lawyers, resulting in an innocent man serving almost 25 years in prison.

“This court cannot think of a more intentionally harmful act than a prosecutor’s conscious choice to hide mitigating evidence so as to create an uneven playing field for a defendant facing a murder charge and a life sentence,” Sturns said.

Sturns, presiding over a court of inquiry that examined the Morton prosecution, found probable cause to believe that Anderson broke two state laws and committed criminal contempt of court for lying to Morton’s trial judge. He then signed a warrant for Anderson’s arrest as required under state law governing courts of inquiry.

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