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).