State District Judge Ken Anderson, the former Williamson County district attorney accused of criminal and ethical violations in the 1987 prosecution of Michael Morton, resigned from office Tuesday.
Anderson informed Gov. Rick Perry of his resignation, “effective immediately,” in a one-sentence letter that was dated Monday but faxed to Perry’s office Tuesday morning.
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Career: Williamson County district attorney for 16½ years before becoming a District Court judge in 2002. State Bar of Texas’ Prosecutor of the Year in 1995.
Education: Graduated Westchester High School in Houston, 1970. University of Texas bachelor’s degree, 1973. UT Law School, 1976.
Family: Lives in Georgetown with his wife; has two sons.
Other: Wrote “Crime in Texas” and the “Texas Crime Victims Handbook,” co-authored two legal reference books.
Source: Williamson County
Chuck Lindell, who has covered legal affairs since 2005, has written more than 50 stories on Michael Morton’s case, beginning in 2008 with an appeal pressing for the DNA tests that would eventually lead to his exoneration.
Explore an interactive timeline on Ken Anderson and the Michael Morton case and read previous coverage with this story at mystatesman.com.