Posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Tuesday, Oct 30 at 6:16 PM
GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A Georgetown judge accused of misconduct faced the courtroom Tuesday morning. Judge Ken Anderson is under a court of inquiry right now linked to the case of Michael Morton.
Judge Anderson is now a State District Judge, but he's also the former Williamson County District Attorney. He's accused of deliberately withholding evidence and making false statements when he served as DA during Morton's trial in 1987.
Anderson walked into the 26th courtroom at the Williamson County Courthouse Tuesday morning and sat with his lawyers.
On the other side of the courtroom sat attorneys for the Innocence Project and a representative for Morton himself. Both sides raised questions regarding how to move forward and what evidence to present in the hearing. Anderson's attorney Eric Nichols wants documents linked to Morton's original case.
"What are we all entitled to get in order to fairly and fully present the facts of this case," Anderson asked the judge.
Last year DNA evidence proved Morton's innocence. He had already served nearly 25 years in prison, convicted of his wife's murder.
“Michael is not vindictive, but he wants to see that justice is done. He wants to see justice to those people who tried him, who claimed to be looking for justice. He now wants to ensure that justice is done some 26 years later,” said Morton’s representative in court Gerry Goldstein.
As court adjourned Tuesday morning, both sides came to an agreement to share documents and testimony stemming from Morton’s original trial.
Nichols is also seeking proof of the alleged court documents that could prove Anderson ignored an order to share specific information with Morton's attorneys at the time of the trial.
A hearing is set to begin in early December. It could last a week or longer. Afterward the presiding judge will determine whether a crime may have been committed and whether a criminal trial is needed.
Anderson is also facing an investigation with the state bar linked to the Morton case.