Michael Morton Act to Become Texas Law on September 1

Texas Senate Bill 1611, known as the Michael Morton Act, has been passed by the Texas legislature, signed by the governor, and will become law on September 1. It requires that prosecutors give defense attorneys any evidence that is relevant to the defense’s case.

This advance is a fitting legacy for Michael Morton, wrongfully convicted of killing his wife, and wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years before DNA exonerated him and linked to a seasoned felon, who has since been convicted of the crime. Since his release, Morton has become a strong advocate of prosecutorial accountability and criminal justice reform.

Texas is among the highest of U.S. states in exonerations, with 125, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

As mentioned earlier on this blog (here), this is one of several initiatives aimed at reducing conviction errors in the state.

Read the bill (here).

The bill and other related initiatives are supported by Texas newspapers as indicated in editorials (here) and (here).

11 responses to “Michael Morton Act to Become Texas Law on September 1

  1. Michael Morton, You have paid a huge price to leave a legacy that will impact thousands of lives. Thank you! Godspeed.

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  3. My husband, Jimmy Sissom, is in federal prison today due to his bankruptcy lawyer, Barbara Rogers, giving him wrong advice & no one is holding her accountable. Also, during his bankruptcy proceedings , he gave $450k in car notes back to the trustee, Ron Sommers, & it was never acknowledged to this day that he (Mr. Sommers) received the notes from my husband. Mr. Sommers gave the notes back to the banker, David Mcguire, who in turn gave them to his friend, Greg Zak! There was nothing but corruption going on & we lost everything! Jimmy Sissom’s only mistake was doing what he was told to do & it landed him in prison & it destroyed our lives! If you want to learn more about our story, go to Jimmysissom.weebly.com. The justice system is out of control & sending innocent people to prison, like my husband & as they did Mr. Morton! It’s not about the truth..it’s about whatever they say it is!

    • Susan, The comment in this piece on “over criminalization” sheds some light on your situation.

      http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2013/07/lots-of-notable-support-for-work-of-federal-over-criminalization-task-force.html

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      July 20, 2013

      Lots of notable support for work of federal Over-Criminalization Task Force

      As detailed at this official website, yesterday the House of Representatives Over-Criminalization Task Force had its second hearing on the topic of “Mens Rea: The Need for a Meaningful Intent Requirement in Federal Criminal Law.” This report from Main Justice discusses the discussion at the hearing.

      Notable, there appears to be a lot of support from a lot of quarters for this Task Force’s work, as these pieces reveal:

      From Cato here, “Bipartisanship at Its Finest”

      From the Cleveland Plain Dealer here, “Federal overcriminalization hurts Ohioans: Chad Readler”

      From The Hill here, “Time to rethink harsh drug sentences”

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      “This Task Force is just a lawyer prank. A couple of trivial changes will be made, but the Inquisition 2.0 business model will not be disrupted. The aim of over-criminalization is to plunder the assets of the productive for the enrichment of the new inquisitors, the lawyer profession and its wholly owned subsidiary, the government. That cannot be stopped until the persons are stopped. The lawyers hierarchy cannot be persuaded to surrender its total power over the government and its $trillion take home pay. They can only be arrested, tried, and executed for their treason. That is how the Inquisition 1.0 ended, after a run of 700 years. What other business model is so robust? None.

      If you want fundamental change in cost, in freedom, in safety, require that each new stupid proposal be tested in a small jurisdiction, proven effective in its goals, and devoid of super toxic unexpected consequences. You want an idiotic sex registry that would never have helped the eponymous little girls that were taken from us, prove their effectiveness in protecting children. So vicious pedophile predators are protected by the pro-criminal lawyer profession, and kept alive and loose, and little girls may rot in garbage bags, buried alive. The lawyer profession is morally reprehensible for its forbearance of 20 million FBI Index felonies, mostly coming down on poor people and minority members.

      Here is a law that would increase safety as a opposed to paper shuffling for make work government parasites. All citizens must carry a weapon. If they see a violent crime, they must draw it, and try to kill the criminal, or get a $100 ticket.”

      Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 21, 2013 11:50:44 AM

  4. Susan, This comment on the current “over criminalization task force” sheds some light on your situation.

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    “This Task Force is just a lawyer prank. A couple of trivial changes will be made, but the Inquisition 2.0 business model will not be disrupted. The aim of over-criminalization is to plunder the assets of the productive for the enrichment of the new inquisitors, the lawyer profession and its wholly owned subsidiary, the government. That cannot be stopped until the persons are stopped. The lawyers hierarchy cannot be persuaded to surrender its total power over the government and its $trillion take home pay. They can only be arrested, tried, and executed for their treason. That is how the Inquisition 1.0 ended, after a run of 700 years. What other business model is so robust? None.

    If you want fundamental change in cost, in freedom, in safety, require that each new stupid proposal be tested in a small jurisdiction, proven effective in its goals, and devoid of super toxic unexpected consequences. You want an idiotic sex registry that would never have helped the eponymous little girls that were taken from us, prove their effectiveness in protecting children. So vicious pedophile predators are protected by the pro-criminal lawyer profession, and kept alive and loose, and little girls may rot in garbage bags, buried alive. The lawyer profession is morally reprehensible for its forbearance of 20 million FBI Index felonies, mostly coming down on poor people and minority members.

    Here is a law that would increase safety as a opposed to paper shuffling for make work government parasites. All citizens must carry a weapon. If they see a violent crime, they must draw it, and try to kill the criminal, or get a $100 ticket.”

    Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 21, 2013 11:50:44 AM

  5. I rarely leave a response, however after reading through a few of the responses on Michael Morton Act to Become Texas Law on
    September 1 | Wrongful Convictions Blog. I do have
    some questions for you if you do not mind. Could it be just me or
    does it look like like some of the remarks look like they are written by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing on additional places,
    I would like to keep up with everything fresh you have to post.
    Could you make a list of all of your social community pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  6. I quite like reading an article that can make people think.
    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

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  8. 7/8/14
    is it a federal & state law???

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