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For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

For the first time, but hopefully not the last

Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that may have cleared Morton, including statements from the crime's only eyewitness that Morton wasn't the culprit. Anderson sat on this evidence, and then watched Morton get convicted. While Morton remained in prison for the next 25 years, Anderson's career flourished, and he eventually became a judge.

In today's deal, Anderson pled to criminal contempt, and will have to give up his law license, perform 500 hours of community service, and spend 10 days in jail. Anderson had already resigned in September from his position on the Texas bench.

What makes today's plea newsworthy is not that Anderson engaged in misconduct that sent an innocent man to prison. Indeed, while most prosecutors and police officers are ethical and take their constitutional obligations seriously, government misconduct--including disclosure breaches known as Brady violations--occurs so frequently that it has become one of the chief causes of wrongful conviction.

What's newsworthy and novel about today's plea is that a prosecutor was actually punished in a meaningful way for his transgressions.

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good

though it certainly is not the first time ever a prosecutor has been jailed for contempt,

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

I'm sorry

but a ten day sentence for ruining a man's life is not, in any way what so ever, meaningful. This bastard should be serving YEARS in prison for what he did to that man. PLUS all of his cases should be reviewed and if he broke the law on them then he should serve time for those cases as well. My theory is that if you never do anything like that just once.

There is no doubt the system is jaded

One tactic that is used by prosecutors is to get a plea bargain by threatening a long term sentence. There are cases where innocent people have been bullied into a confession for fear of a long term sentence or they get them to plea to a felony by offering a light penalty. The prosecutor gets his felony conviction, another feather in his cap, and the convicted has a felony for life who may not deserve it. I understand this practice is illegal in many countries.

Prosecutorial discretion is another abuse, if the accused has an influential political or financial position they won't risk the costs or embarrassment of a trail. It's easier to just go after the low hanging fruit than it is to go after a high profile personality or government official.

What have we come to?

What have we come to in this country, when we allow such an ABUSE of our so-called "Justice System"? I can't believe it.

This is so sickening! The Judge should spend HIS NEXT 25 YEARS in prison to be fair!! POS garbage!

I agree. It's a total farce

25 years for the 'judge' and every single penny and every asset should be seized and given to his victim, who should move from prison to live in the judge's house.

More importantly, they need to go through all his convictions to see who else he has wrongfully imprisoned.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt

TOO EVIL to fail...

Just like the Big Banks are too "Big to Fail"...

No settlement can even begin to pay back this injustice! This Judge, I agree, should lose all his personal assets and money. He should be personally sued if the guy can do it in a Civil Suit. I'd sure be pursuing that!!

He will be real popular

in Jail he might not get out.

His sentence was not just, and

justice may not permit him to live. The judge who sentenced him to 10 days handed him about 1/3600 of the just amount of time he should have served. The judge deserves his own minimum 25 - 100 year sentence as well.

(Personally, a 100 year sentence would not offend me in this case. After all, he stole 25 years from an innocent man's life, and the maximum Biblical penalty for theft is four fold).

But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
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You heard it here ladies and gentlemen...

10 days in prison is a meaningful punishment for stealing away 25 years of another human being's life. If we don't live in the age of hyper-doublethink, I don't know when we ever will.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

But he was elected

so that makes it OK

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Too kind to the real criminal, the judge.

The judge should have to spend twenty five years in jail. The sentence should have included felony jail time. the sentence is ridiculous.

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Sad... 25 years.. I hope the victim gets some kind of settlement.

civil court

once the judge 10 days are up the victim will be able start claiming for the judge empire. in other words all his assets.

What a slap in the face to the wrongly convicted

10 days? He should serve a minimum of 25years.

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10 Days ?

He should do at least 25 years....

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

precisely what I was thinking;

if you're a govt scum who entrap, frame, defraud, or lie, especially if you're the prosecutor or the judge presiding over the case? YOU should receive EXACTLY the same sentence, at same facility, under the same conditions that the wrongfully 'convicted' man got. NO excuses.

these fcukers need to know that there will be severe consequences; they need to know what happens if they violate their employer/bosses' rights.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

punished in a meaningful way?

suddenly "meaningful" is empty of meaning.

How is this justice for torturing a person for 25 years.

"In today's deal, Anderson pled to criminal contempt, and will have to give up his law license, perform 500 hours of community service, and spend 10 days in jail. Anderson had already resigned in September from his position on the Texas bench."

This ex-prosecutor should have to give all his wealth to the innocent man he convicted, and then the ex-prosecutor should start working on his own 25 year sentence.

Hopefully

the wealth transfer will happen after a civil suit.

Defend Liberty!

This is like the adult

This is like the adult version of sending a child to their room for 10 minutes after the child lied and caused their sibling to be grounded for a couple weeks.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

10 days????

his victim just did 25 years? WTF. The corrupt judge should get 50 to life with no parole in a max prison.

Oh yes, "justice has been served."

Either "authorities" get a "hand slap" or the taxpayers foot the bill.

Give them a choice, "court justice" or "street justice" and when "court justice" is a "hand slap," "street justice" should follow.

Only 10 DAYS?!

"What's newsworthy and novel about today's plea is that a prosecutor was actually punished in a meaningful way for his transgressions."

Yeah right. Sick.

What would the Founders do?

Agree. What really makes

Agree. What really makes this news worthy is that the ruling elite know people are sick of their bs, and they're trying to dangle a carrot hoping it will make it all better.

Interesting the HuffPo has closed comments on that article.

You called it.

It's the ol' it-may-suck-but-at-least-it's-some-measure-of-justice-so-we-can-all-feel-like-progress-is-at-least-being-made-against-government-corruption trick!

(I think I just burped up a couple chunks....)

What would the Founders do?

in a sane world all legal professionals would do 10 days...

before being allowed to practice.

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yes

all cops too

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

BWAAAAAWK !

Now you're TALKIN' (Cluckin')! Right on!

; )

What would the Founders do?

heck

I'll go first! That's the best idea I've heard in ages.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Totally. I'd do some time, too; perhaps it would benefit

just about everyone to understand what lock-down is like.

(Sans rape / abuse by po po, guards, other prisoners, etc. of course.)

What would the Founders do?