By the time Williamson County pays the latest legal bill, it will have spent almost half a million dollars stemming from the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, who was freed after serving 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife.
The latest bill of $339,492 is for attorney Rusty Hardin, who presented evidence and questioned witnesses in a special hearing back in February over the original prosecutor’s handling of the 1987 case. At the end of that “court of inquiry,” State District Judge Louis Sturns found then-district attorney Ken Anderson hid potentially exculpatory evidence to secure Morton’s conviction.
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