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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Texas Tribune interview with John Raley, Michael Morton's lawyer

Texas Tribune interviewed Houston lawyer John Raley about his battle with John Bradley in the Michael Morton wrongful conviction case.An excerpt:

TT: What lessons can be learned from Morton’s case?

Raley: I think it’s important for our state and for our country. It should grasp all of us to make us realize that this could happen to us. Michael Morton is just a normal guy. He had no criminal record, no history of violence. Manager of the Safeway. Left the house at 5:30 in the morning to make sure the produce was laid out neatly in the rows. Kissed his wife goodbye. Twenty-five years.

We should all try to do what we can to keep this from happening to others. And an analysis of these issues is part of it. Yes, files should always be open to the defense, so that there’s no evidence concealed from them. DNA testing on things that would have been tested if the crime happened today should be agreed to.

The DA who secured this wrongful conviction by hiding evidence was Ken Anderson, now District Judge Anderson. His protege was John Bradley, who fought for five years to continue hiding the truth. They should both be booted out of office and disbarred, and if there is any justice, do some prison time themselves. Despicable.

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