Perry set to sign Michael Morton Act

Gov. Rick Perry held a special ceremony to sign into law a proposal attempting to limit future wrongful convictions as the legislative session enters its final, frantic days.

The Michael Morton Act would compel prosecutors to share case files with defense attorneys that can help defendants' cases.

It is named in honor of Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing his wife. The district attorney in his case, now a Texas judge, is facing charges he deliberately withheld evidence from Morton's defense.

"This will make it much better for everybody else," Morton said, "so what happened to me won't happen to you."

The proposal sailed through the Senate and House and was been applauded by Perry.


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