The New York Times turned to Prof. Bennett Gershman, an expert on prosecutorial ethics, for a story today about a Texas man recently exonerated in the death of his wife who is seeking an investigation into the prosecutor who helped convict him.
Michael Morton was wrongfully convicted in 1987 of murdering his wife. Today, he will be officially exonerated.
According to the article:
That is no longer so unusual in Texas, where 45 inmates have been exonerated in the last decade based on DNA evidence. What is unprecedented is the move planned by lawyers for the man, Michael Morton: they are expected to file a request for a special hearing to determine whether the prosecutor broke state laws or ethics rules by withholding evidence that could have led to Mr. Morton’s acquittal 25 years ago.
“I haven’t seen anything like this, ever,” said Bennet L. Gershman, an expert on prosecutorial misconduct at Pace University in New York. “It’s an extraordinary legal event.”