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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Williamson County District Judge Ken Anderson Resigning as Part of Deal with State Bar; Did Western District Prosecutors Cover Up Torture and Murder in the Juarez House of Death?

District Judge Ken Anderson Resigned From The Bench
Ken Anderson was the Williamson County district attorney who sent an innocent man - Michael Morton - to prison for 25 years for a murder he didn't commit. Anderson hid evidence that would have exonerated Morton. Anderson went on to become a district court judge where he continued doing God's work sending people to prison for long, long terms, probably whether they deserved it or not. The Wilco Watchdog reports that Anderson has resigned, probably as part of a deal with the State Bar. "The State Bar alleges Anderson committed professional misconduct in the 1987 murder trial against Michael Morton because he deliberately withheld two key pieces of evidence that likely would have led to a not-guilty verdict. He is being prosecuted under what’s known as the Brady law, which requires prosecutors to deliver all evidence favorable to the defense." He is surrendering his law license.
It is almost unheard of for the Bar to go after a judge or a prosecutor, who have almost total immunity for anything short of murder. The article reports that Anderson will serve 10 days in county jail - he ought to do at least 10 years in the Big House.

Here's a story involving prosecutors in the Western District of Texas named in a civil rights case filed in federal court in New York that if true is about as bad as it can get:
Former ICE Informant Sues US Prosecutors, Federal Agents
Posted by Bill Conroy - September 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm
Litigation Claims US Officials Conspired To Silence The Informant And Cover-up Their Role In The House of Death Murders

A former US government informant who penetrated one of the most ruthless drug organizations in Mexico has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a group of federal prosecutors and agents as well as several county sheriffs and detention-facility officials alleging they acted in a conspiracy to violate his civil rights.
The accuser, Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez Peyro, is a former Mexican federal cop who worked for a top lieutenant (Humberto Santillan Tabares) of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes drug organization in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the early to mid-2000s.
As part of that work, Ramirez Peyro was responsible for overseeing the infamous House of Death, which was the site of multiple gruesome torture/murders. A dozen bodies were ultimately found buried in the backyard of the house, located at 3633 Calle Parsonieros in Juarez. Ramirez Peyro was charged with assuring the house was opened up whenever Santillan wanted a murder carried out, and he also was responsible for overseeing the burial of the bodies at the house.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York under seal in late July and seeks in excess of $125 million in damages from the defendants collectively.
Among those named in the lawsuit are former Western District of Texas US Attorney Johnny Sutton as well as Margaret Leachman, now Criminal Division chief in the Western District; Richard Durbin, now first Assistant US Attorney in the Western District; and Juanita Fielden, Assistant US Attorney in the Western District’s El Paso division.

For a story about a lawyer who paid the price for his honesty and courage, see:

Fraud and the City: Russia’s Manhattan Money Laundering
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