Houstonians have become pretty familiar with Michael Brown over the past twenty years. The founder of the Brown Hand Center became something of a local celebrity becasue of his television commercials. But in the past decade, the public spotlight has shifted onto Dr. Brown's erratic behavior.
The third day of the court of inquiry into alleged prosecutorial misconduct in the Michael Morton case began with st
In 1987 Michael Morton was convicted of killing his wife, Christine.
Twenty-six years ago this month, Michael Morton sat inside a Williamson County courtroom, accused of murdering his wife, Christine, while then-D.A. Ken Anderson argued passionately before the jury that the Austin grocery store manager should be convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Yesterday, the roles were reversed. This time, it was Anderson—now a state district judge—who sat at the defense table.
This week, the next chapter of one of Texas’s most unsettling murder cases will be written. As I chronicled in last year’s two-part article “The Innocent Man,” Michael Morton was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison after his wife, Christine, was bludgeoned to death in their Williamson County home in 1986. Michael, an Austin grocery store manager, always insisted he was innocent.
Lt. Regina Smith, who moonlights as the rapper 'Lucille Baller,' was put on administrative leave Wednesday. Department officials are conducting an investigation sparked by a lyric in one of Smith's songs about shooting people that mess with her, according to WFAA-TV Dallas.
The number of Texas prisoners cleared by DNA evidence grew Monday, after the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office announced that recently tested DNA evidence proves that a Fort Worth man who spent 23 years in prison for rape could not have committed the crime.
Texas Board of Pardons and Parole granted parole to a full 31 percent of inmates up for review last year, continuing a ten-year trend that was applauded by state legislators and criminal justice groups. (In 2003, 27 percent of inmates up for review were granted parole.)
As the state of Texas endures another sweltering summer, so do its 160,000 prisoners.
Two lawsuits over sweltering conditions in Texas's prisons are now working their way through the federal courts.