WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- It started with an apology.
"I wish to say I'm sorry to you for what has happened," District Judge Louis Sturns said directly to Michael Morton, the man wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife in 1987.
Judge Sturns ruled Friday that there was probable cause that Williamson County Judge Ken Anderson, who was the prosecutor at the time, tampered with evidence, concealed records and committed criminal contempt of court.
"Mr. Anderson consciously chose to impair the availability of the exculpatory evidence so he could obtain the conviction of Mr. Morton for murder," Sturns said.
Anderson prosecuted the case against Morton, a man wrongfully accused of a murder he didn't commit in 1986. DNA evidence exonerated him after he spent 25 years in prison.
For Morton, this court of inquiry was another step in the long process of healing.
"No one is above the law," Morton said.
His hope now is to change laws.
"I've said I don't want Ken Anderson's head on a stick and that's true. The system is going to do what the system does," Morton said. "But hopefully this will make it somewhat easier and give some motivation to state legislators to pass one of the bills that are before them right now so hopefully what happened to me doesn't happen to you."
An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Ken Anderson. Anderson must pay a $2,500 fine for each charge.
Anderson said he plans to fight the charges.
"I never said I wanted Anderson's head on a stick, but we want to right the wrong done here so nothing like what happened to me happens to you," Michael Morton said.