AUSTIN -- Williamson County District Judge Ken Anderson, who prosecuted the wrongfully-convicted Michael Morton, has resigned.
The Office of Governor Rick Perry confirms that it received a letter of resignation from Anderson.
In the letter to Governor Perry, Anderson writes, "Dear Governor Perry: I am hereby resigning my office as Judge of the 277th District Court effective immediately."
Governor Perry accepted his resignation saying, "Dear Judge Anderson: I hereby accept your letter of resignation as Judge of the 277th Judicial District Court, effective immediately. On behalf of the citizens of Texas, I extend my appreciation and gratitude for your service to the State of Texas and wish you all the best in your future endeavors."
Anderson is accused of withholding evidence while he was the prosecutor in the murder trial of Michael Morton. Morton was sentenced to life in prison for the 1986 murder of his wife. He was exonerated when DNA cleared him of the crime, after spending 25 years in prison.
The State Bar of Texas also filed a suit against Anderson, who could lose his law license.
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