Michael Morton Update: The Court of Inquiry Begins

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.

Overton Judge Finds No New Evidence of Innocence

A month after the conclusion of the dramatic, six-day evidentiary hearing held in the capital murder case of Hannah Overton, state district judge Jose Longoria has issued his recommendations to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In a fourteen-page opinion issued late in the day on Thursday, Longoria stated that he saw no new evidence that would have altered the outcome of Hannah’s trial.

Why John Bradley Lost

One of Texas’s most high-profile district attorneys, Williamson County D.A. John Bradley, faced a resounding defeat last night in the Republican primary—a race that became a referendum on his handling of the Michael Morton case. Morton, as you may recall, was exonerated last year after serving nearly 25 years behind bars for the murder of his wife, a crime that DNA testing revealed he did not commit. Bradley had opposed DNA testing in the case, and spent no less than six years trying to prevent it from going forward.

Hannah Overton Hearing: Day Four

Day four of Hannah Overton's evidentiary hearing got off to an emotional start when attorney David Jones, who was on Hannah's defense team during her 2007 capital murder trial, broke down and wept on the stand. "I failed miserably," he said, looking directly at Hannah as he testified. "There's probably not a day since this verdict that I haven't--that I don't regret not spending more time on this case. I should have done more." He bowed his head as he was overcome with emotion. "I failed, and I am so sorry," he whispered.

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