Morton describes painful fight for freedom, how he started anew
By Chuck Lindell
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Updated: 12:29 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012
In Part 2 of our interview with Michael Morton he discusses his release from prison and his life now.
Michael Morton had already spent 18 years in prison when John Raley, a fish-out-of-water civil lawyer drafted to help appeal Morton's criminal conviction, introduced himself with a handshake.
A specialist in medical malpractice, Raley was an intriguing choice for Morton's legal team with the Innocence Project because Morton's conviction rested largely on a questionable time-of-death ruling from his wife's autopsy.
Raley believed that with the shaky time of death thrown out, there would not be enough evidence to sustain Morton's murder conviction and life sentence for the 1986 murder of his wife Christine.
But that 2005 prison meeting quickly revealed that Raley was playing for higher stakes than a new trial for Morton.
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