Special Prosecutor Chosen for Proceedings Against Ex-District Attorney

AUSTIN, Texas A special prosecutor has been named for the criminal proceedings against an ex-district attorney who sent an innocent man to prison for nearly 25 years.

Richard Roper was a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 2004 to 2008. He now specializes in business law.

The Austin American Statesman reported Thursday that Roper will handle the case against Ken Anderson, who is now a state district judge in Georgetown, north of Austin.

Anderson handled the 1987 prosecution of Michael Morton for killing his wife Christine. Morton was exonerated on DNA evidence in 2011.

A special court of inquiry determined in April that Anderson intentionally concealed evidence favorable to Morton's defense.

Roper will lead the case against Anderson. If convicted, Anderson could face 10 years in prison.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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