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Michael Morton: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

Posted on · In 1986, Michael Morton's wife, Christine, was murdered in their home just outside Austin, while he was away at work. Morton quickly became the prime suspect in the case and was eventually convicted of the murder, despite not much physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 25 years later, after attorneys from […]

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Is Houston’s Crime Lab Improving?

Posted on · The Houston Forensic Science Center – Houston’s crime lab – is being overseen these days by an independent board, which hired Dr. Daniel Garner to run it. Garner formerly managed the forensics lab for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Dr. Garner and chairman […]

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Does Texas Have the Nation’s Worst Criminal Justice System?

Posted on · The Innocence Project, the non-profit legal justice organization, has used DNA evidence to so far exonerate 311 people nationwide who were convicted of crimes they did not commit. One of the organization’s co-founders, criminal defense attorney Barry Scheck, spoke Nov. 18 at Houston’s Progressive Forum. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty talked with Scheck who says Texas […]

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Anniversary of First DNA Conviction

Posted on · A noted doctor and a noted lawyer are sharing their memories of the first time DNA evidence was allowed in a criminal trial in Houston. That landmark trial happened 20 years ago this week, as Jim Bell reports.