The past few years in Texas have seen a parade of DNA exonerations: more than 40 men so far, says NPR. The first exonerations were big news, but the type has grown smaller as Texans have watched a dismaying march of exonerees, their wasted years haunting the public conscience.
The Michael Morton case in Williamson County, north of Austin, is raising the ante. Morton had been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife. He was released six months ago — 25 years after being convicted — when DNA testing proved he was not the killer. Instead of merely seeking financial compensation, Morton is working to fix the system. His lawyers, including The Innocence Project, want to hold the man who put him behind bars accountable. They want new laws to make sure Morton’s story is never repeated.