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Michael Morton Act

Definition - What does Michael Morton Act mean?

The Michael Morton Act is an act that makes it mandatory for prosecutors to turn over all police reports and witness statements to the defense.

This law originated in Texas in 2011, after it was discovered that a man named Michael Morton had been falsely imprisoned for the murder of his wife, and the prosecution for that case withheld critical evidence.

Justipedia explains Michael Morton Act

The Michael Morton case was a landmark case because not only did an innocent man spend 25 years in prison, but the real murderer was out in public and murdered again. An extraordinary amount of harm was done all because of prosecutorial misconduct. Therefore, the Michael Morton Act is an attempt to prevent this sort of case from happening again. It was signed into Texas law by Governor Rick Perry in 2013, with the intent to reduce the number of wrongful convictions.

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