Exonerated of Murder Charge
Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison after being wrongly accused of the murder of his wife in 1986. With the defense of Gerry Goldstein and other esteemed attorneys, Morton was released from prison on October 4, 2011, and officially exonerated of the charge in December 2011.
Evidence that was withheld from the case in 1987 was later discovered to contain DNA evidence of a man named Mark Alan Norwood. While Morton was in prison, Norwood walked free and murdered another woman. If the original prosecutors had turned over required evidence, Morton would have never been convicted of murder, and the real killer would have been locked up.
- https://www.innocenceproject.org/texas-man-freed-after-serving-nearly-25-years-for-murdering-his-wife-that-new-dna-evidence-shows-he-didnt-commit/. Innocence Project, October 4, 2011.
- https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-when-they-imprison-the-wrong-guy.html?_r=0. New York Times, July 5, 2014.
- https://www.mystatesman.com/news/michael-morton-years-freedom-owe-lot-people/dQ2ceebgbxn7SC37kJcQBN/. My Statesman, September 30, 2016.