It's like the proverbial broken record, and we see it time and time again. Convicted felons being freed because of wrongful convictions brought about by their prosecutors hiding evidence, lying to jurors, suborning perjury, and worse.
This piece on a recent "60 Minutes" should be enough to make anyone's blood boil, as it is abundantly clear that Texas prosecutors knowingly railroaded an innocent man because they wanted to be what the evil Henry Wade described as a "great prosecutor." Wade supposedly declared: "Any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict and innocent man," and Wade certainly fell into that category.
In the case of Michael Morton, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife while the real killer was free to kill again, the villain in this case is Ken Anderson, now a judge. As seems to be the case in Texas, the worst human being was honored by his prosecutorial peers as "Prosecutor of the Year," which really is a sick joke, except that Chris Arnt also was once given a similar award in Georgia and cited for his high "ethical" standards. Chris Arnt! The man who knowingly suborned perjury and lied to jurors in the Tonya Craft trial.
In other words, if prosecutors choose to honor someone, you can bet that whomever is honored is probably one of the worst human beings on the planet and has committed more felonies than all of the people together he or she has prosecuted. In the "60 Minutes" broadcast, Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, which battled Texas prosecutors for years just to look at the Morton case file and to have a bloody bandana DNA tested, was careful to say that he did not believe there was an "epidemic" of prosecutorial misconduct.
I would beg to differ. As I see it, there are very few truly honest prosecutors in this country, and the reason is simple: no accountability means that dishonest people will self-select into this line of work. It is that simple. When people are not held responsible for wrongdoing, over time they will engage in wrongdoing.
Very few individuals are able to walk a straight-and-narrow when they don't have to do so. Look at Ken Anderson. After framing Morton, he received the Texas "Prosecutor of the Year" award, and later was elected a judge. His claim that "the system" failed Morton is a real howler, given that Anderson was the system.
No, Anderson decided that Morton was guilty, and he made sure that Morton's attorneys did not see the material he had in his possession that would have raised serious doubts about his guilt. Furthermore, by framing Morton, Anderson ensured that the real killer would go free, and the man committed another murder. So, if there were any justice, Anderson also would have to face justice for being an accomplice to homicide.
Lest anyone think I exaggerate, understand that Anderson was given strong evidence that Morton was not the killer and that a murderous madman was on the loose. Instead of connecting the dots, Anderson decided to try to be a "great prosecutor," and an ignorant Texas jury (Do I repeat myself?) did what most juries do: believe prosecutors no matter how ridiculous their story might be.
As far as I am concerned, Ken Anderson should be thrown into prison and forced to serve 25 years, just as Morton did. Anything less would not be a punishment at all. At the very least, Anderson should be removed as a judge and be stripped of his law license and be forced to serve the people he has so wronged.
The reason people like Ken Anderson engage in criminal behavior is because no matter how outrageous the conduct, prosecutorial immunity protects the worst people among us. When the Founding Fathers set up the United States, it was supposed to have checks and balances, but that was ultimately destroyed, with omnipotent government replacing it.
There is no turning back the clock. A country in which a large number of people can engage in the worst kind of lawbreaking and be immune from legal consequences is a country destined for tyranny. We already have a police state, and I believe things only will get worse. I only hope that decent people can stand up to this onslaught brought on by the Ken Andersons of the world.