Best Of: ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ Explores The Exoneration Of Michael Morton

A pro bono attorney shares his story of fighting for his client who spent 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.


Michael Morton, author of “Getting Life,” and Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, share Morton’s remarkable story of tragedy, injustice, and forgiveness with Friends members at the LBJ Presidential Library on September 30, 2014. Morton was exonerated on October 4, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in a Williamson County prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife.


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Today’s show originally aired on September 23, 2021.

Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Christine Morton, before he was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2011.

The man who dedicated his life at that time to the case was attorney John Raley, a civil litigator whose first criminal case freed an innocent man.

We spend the hour with John Raley to discuss the case and its aftermath, in light of a new Investigation Discovery special, "Guilty Until Proven Innocent."

Exoneree Michael Morton is also here to talk about forgiveness, finding hope, and surviving that time.

Tickets are still available to ID’s advanced screening of Guilty Until Proven Innocent on September 28 in Austin, Texas. Please visit for details. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Innocence Project.

John Raley

  • Pro bono attorney for Michael Morton

Michael Morton

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