Author Topic: Project Innocence looks for harsher charges for "false imprisonment" prosecutors  (Read 2052 times)

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Offline No2NWO

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For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas, first as a bearded district attorney asking the court for tough sentences, and for the last 10 years handing those kinds of sentences out as a judge.

Earlier this month, his beard gone, his hair white, Anderson, noted for his talks to school children about the criminal justice system and the dangers of drugs, walked into the courthouse again, this time as a defendant. He had come to turn himself in, be fingerprinted, photographed and post $2,500 bail. A few hours earlier a judge had ordered his arrest.

Not for drunk driving or speeding, or any other of the pedestrian crimes that sometimes fell public officials. Instead, Anderson was the rarest of defendants, a prosecutor criminally charged for his role in having helped send an innocent man to prison.

In one of Anderson’s most notorious murder cases — the conviction of Michael Morton for killing his wife — he withheld critical evidence that would have been essential to Morton’s defense.

Morton spent 25 years in prison before gaining his release. Anderson, once named the Texas Prosecutor of the Year, now faces 10 years in prison for his part in Morton’s wrongful conviction.

The judge who oversaw a Court of Inquiry investigation of Anderson’s conduct did not spare the former prosecutor.

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

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Sometimes I want to give up on humanity altogether. So much fraud. Why, tell me, why do so many people get off on intentionally causing others pain? I know, they are sociopaths, or high functioning psychopaths, that is the answer, but it seems so inadequate.