Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 20, 2011
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

Senator Ellis Responds to Morton Exoneration

On Monday, December 19, the murder charges against Michael Morton were officially dismissed and a judge declared him innocent of the crime that imprisoned him for 25 years. Mr. Morton now seeks an investigation of his case. Senator Rodney Ellis releases the following statement:

"I offer my condolences to Michael Morton for the years he was forced to suffer in prison for a crime he did not commit.

It would be disturbing enough if Mr. Morton's case was an isolated incident. But the unfortunate reality is the discovery of wrongful convictions has become far too common in a state that already leads the nation in this shameful statistic. Mr. Morton's case adds to the already clear and convincing evidence that our criminal justice system is broken, and it's time we implemented the meaningful reforms needed to fix it to ensure the innocent are protected and the guilty brought to justice."