District Judge Ken Anderson testified for nine hours during a deposition at the Williamson County courthouse Monday.
Anderson was subpoenaed to answer questions about his involvement in the wrongful 1987 murder conviction of Michael Morton. He is under court order to explain how and why evidence was withheld during Morton's trial.
Recently-found district attorney records suggest Anderson and Round Rock attorney Mike Davis buried evidence, leading to Morton's conviction.
Morton served 24 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him of his wife's murder. The 56-year-old was released from custody earlier this month after a court of criminal appeals declared him "actually innocent." He was also present at Monday’s deposition.
"Everything that was done when I was district attorney was done properly," Anderson said.
Anderson couldn’t comment on what, exactly, he told Morton during Monday’s hearing, nor would he say anything about an innocent man going to prison under his watch.
"I respect the job that you do, but it needs to be done in a proper sequence. When the time comes, I will make a statement,” he said.
Details of Anderson's deposition are protected from public disclosure, unless those being deposed choose to release it.
Barry Scheck, with the Innocence Project, told YNN that visiting Judge Sid Harle will decide who hears what from Monday’s deposition, which is separate from the state bar investigation.
The State Bar of Texas has jurisdiction over lawyers accused of violating courtroom rules, reserving the right to strip an attorney's license to practice law in certain cases.
Watch the video below to see John Salazar's full interview with Ken Anderson outside the courthouse.
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