Sure, he's losing his law license too, but that's a small price to pay.

Former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson will serve 10 days in jail and give up his law license for hiding favorable evidence in the 1987 trial of Michael Morton, who served almost 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

During an afternoon hearing in Georgetown, District Judge Kelly Moore found Anderson in contempt of court for telling Morton's trial judge, during a 1987 hearing, that he had no favorable evidence to give to Morton's lawyers.


The criminal charges of tampering with evidence were dropped as part of a comprehensive settlement on all issues facing Anderson.

As part of Friday's proceedings, Anderson also settled a civil lawsuit, filed by the State Bar of Texas, accusing him of professional misconduct in the Morton prosecution. Anderson agreed to give up his law license.


Ten days for destroying a man's life, and worse, using his trusted position as a prosecutor to do it— amazing.