Ken Anderson http://kut.org en Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail http://kut.org/post/ken-anderson-serve-9-days-jail <p>GEORGETOWN — Former Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson, who oversaw the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton as a prosecutor, was sentenced to nine days in jail on Friday and will surrender his law license as part of a deal to resolve criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Anderson entered into a comprehensive settlement involving all matters before the court. Those include a charge of criminal contempt tied to an accusation of failing to disclose evidence during Morton's 1987 trial, and the State Bar of Texas’ disciplinary case against Anderson over prosecutorial misconduct allegations. Charges of tampering with evidence were also dropped as part of the settlement.</div><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:01:12 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9145 at http://kut.org Ken Anderson to Serve 9 Days in Jail Judge Ken Anderson Resigns Amid Ethics Lawsuit http://kut.org/post/judge-ken-anderson-resigns-amid-ethics-lawsuit <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Williamson County state district Judge Ken Anderson, who oversaw the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton in 1987, submitted a&nbsp;<a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.texastribune.org/media/documents/Letter.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">letter</a>&nbsp;to Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;on Monday resigning his position effective immediately.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Anderson is facing both civil and criminal court proceedings for his role in prosecuting Morton for the 1986 murder of his wife, Christine Morton. Attorneys for Morton allege that Anderson withheld critical evidence that pointed to Morton's innocence and that he lied to the judge about the existence of that evidence. Morton was sentenced to life in prison and spent nearly 25 years behind bars before DNA testing revealed that he was innocent and connected another man to his wife's killing. He was released from prison in 2011.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:33:52 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 8776 at http://kut.org Judge Ken Anderson Resigns Amid Ethics Lawsuit Court of Inquiry Ends With Arrest Warrant for Anderson http://kut.org/post/court-inquiry-ends-arrest-warrant-anderson <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">GEORGETOWN — A judge issued an arrest warrant for former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson Friday, after finding probable cause to believe Anderson withheld critical evidence in Michael Morton's 1987 murder trial.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Judge Louis Sturns concluded his court of inquiry by charging Anderson, who is now a state district judge, with&nbsp;tampering with government records (a misdemeanor), tampering with physical evidence (a felony) and failing to comply with a judge's order to turn over such evidence, for which he could be held in “contempt of court.”</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:58:51 +0000 Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune 7433 at http://kut.org Court of Inquiry Ends With Arrest Warrant for Anderson Ken Anderson's Testimony Caps Dramatic Inquiry http://kut.org/post/ken-andersons-testimony-caps-dramatic-inquiry <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">Defiant, angry and frustrated, former prosecutor Ken Anderson took the stand on Friday to defend himself, ending a week of dramatic testimony in an usual court of inquiry that is examining whether the former district attorney committed criminal misconduct during the trial that led to the wrongful murder conviction of Michael Morton.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">Morton was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for his wife’s murder, and he spent nearly 25 years behind bars before DNA evidence led to his exoneration in 2011. Lawyers for the exoneree contend that Anderson deliberately withheld critical evidence that could have prevented Morton’s wrongful conviction. Anderson adamantly denied any wrongdoing, and in his often impassioned testimony criticized the court of inquiry.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:09:36 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 6537 at http://kut.org Ken Anderson's Testimony Caps Dramatic Inquiry The Lead: Morton Inquiry Winding Down; Gov. Perry Goes West http://kut.org/post/lead-morton-inquiry-winding-down-gov-perry-goes-west <p></p><p>Good morning. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a>&nbsp;says Austin will see sunny and mild weather today with a high approaching 70 degrees. A band of severe thunderstorms is expected to blow in Saturday night.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: In Georgetown, it’s day five of a court of inquiry seeking answers into the case of Michael Morton. Wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife, Morton <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/interview-exonerated-after-25-years-michael-morton-tells-his-story">spent 25 years behind bars</a> before he was cleared by DNA evidence.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:15:48 +0000 KUT Staff 6519 at http://kut.org The Lead: Morton Inquiry Winding Down; Gov. Perry Goes West Court of Inquiry in Michael Morton Case Delayed http://kut.org/post/court-inquiry-michael-morton-case-delayed <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">GEORGETOWN — The court of inquiry that will determine whether the former prosecutor who oversaw the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton could face criminal charges will be delayed until Feb. 4, a prosecutor with the Texas attorney general’s office said Monday.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:48:53 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 5722 at http://kut.org Court of Inquiry in Michael Morton Case Delayed Ft Worth Judge To Lead Ken Anderson Court of Inquiry http://kut.org/post/ft-worth-judge-lead-ken-anderson-court-inquiry <p>Tarrant County state district&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eD213/site/default.asp">Judge Louis Sturns</a>&nbsp;will lead a court of inquiry to investigate allegations of criminal prosecutorial misconduct against former prosecutor Ken Anderson, who saw to the wrongful murder conviction of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/michael-morton/">Michael Morton</a>&nbsp;in 1987.</p><p>Morton was exonerated of his wife&#39;s 1986 bludgeoning death in October after DNA tests confirmed his innocence. Defense lawyers have alleged that the wrongful conviction would not have happened and Morton would not have lost 25 years in prison if Anderson, who is now a Williamson County judge, had not deliberately withheld evidence that indicated his innocence at the time of the 1987 trial.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a historic moment for Texas justice,&quot; said John Raley, the Houston lawyer who has worked pro bono on Morton&#39;s case for seven years. &quot;We are confident that Judge Sturns will handle this important case with the seriousness and probity demonstrated by Judge [Sid] Harle and [Texas Supreme Court] Justice [Wallace] Jefferson.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:39:03 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 3675 at http://kut.org Ft Worth Judge To Lead Ken Anderson Court of Inquiry Judge Orders Court of Inquiry for Morton Prosecutor http://kut.org/post/judge-orders-court-inquiry-morton-prosecutor <p>GEORGETOWN &mdash;&nbsp;Judge Sid Harle said today he will recommend that Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson convene a court of inquiry to review a slew of evidence against former Williamson County prosecutor Ken Anderson and determine whether there is probable cause to press criminal charges of prosecutorial misconduct related to his work in 1987 to secure a wrongful murder conviction that sent Michael Morton to prison for life.</p><p>In addition to allowing a full public airing of the evidence, the Bexar County state district judge said the unique legal proceeding would allow Anderson, who is now a district judge, the opportunity to clear his name.</p><p>&ldquo;The only method and venue I know of for that to occur and for Mr. Morton&rsquo;s interests to be served&rdquo; is a court of inquiry, Harle said.</p><p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:34:04 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 3633 at http://kut.org Judge Orders Court of Inquiry for Morton Prosecutor