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Father and Son

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- 1216 days ago -
Michael Morton with his son Eric and his grandaughter Christine, who is named after Michael's wife and Eric's mother. Michael was wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder and served nearly 25 years in prison. With the help of the Innocence Project...


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Animae C (507)
Friday June 19, 2015, 5:05 am
25 years of his life GONE!!!
And as he said the greatest pain & loss..... his son!

Will Ken Anderson (does he sleep at night) & the state of Texas compensate him?!?!?

Thanx Nancy

Saturday June 20, 2015, 12:42 pm
Go Michael.....the present and future is what now matters. Go to it! Thanks Nancy for sharing.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 12:52 pm
AniMae Chi says it all. Thanks.

Sam E M (0)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 1:41 pm
Oh my, this just choked me up. Thank goodness they found one another again, but without DNA testing Michael Morton would still be counting the sad days in prison and his son would still be ignoring him. It must have been devastating for him all those years, but oh the joy of reuniting with his son! I hope the future holds much happiness for him and his family. As AniMae Chi writes, compensation is the least the state could do for him, even though money will never replace all he lost for those 25 years. Good luck, Michael Morton. :)

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 3:30 pm
Eric lost 25 years of his life, too - to senseless lies. I do hope he can release all his old bitterness, for his own sake, not just the sake of his father. And also for the sake of his wife and daughter. So many people have been hurt by this. And yet I'll bet Ken Anderson has no trouble at all sleeping at night. To have his sleep affected, he would have to have a conscience.

M B (62)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 7:23 am
Thanks, Nancy !

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 2:23 pm
Brings tears to my eyes. I hope their relationship can be rebuilt one day at a time.

Walter F (129)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 7:39 pm
Thank Nancy..I hope the rest of hid life will be happy and he can forget the nightmare of 25 years

Gene J (290)
Monday June 22, 2015, 7:10 am
"In December 2011, Michael was exonerated after his attorneys at the Innocence Project sent a bandana found at the crime scene to be tested for DNA that contained blood and hair from Christine mixed with the DNA of a convicted felon who lived in Texas at the time of her murder."

This is the strongest possible argument for permanently prohibiting the death penalty. There are far too many stories just like this one, far too many innocent souls executed in our bloody past before the advent of advanced DNA testing. Life in prison without parole keeps society safe and that truly is societies only interest. It is not our place to take vengeance and those who subscribe to various Christian faiths know all to well that their deity has said "Vengeance is Mine". Yet humans continue to substitute their idea of "justice" for their own Deity. Perhaps their faith is not so strong as they would have us believe. I've never understood how a clergyman could be for the death penalty as it flies in the face of everything he or she knows from the New Testament.

Personally, I think life in prison a harsher sentence, permanently removing someone we believe to be a danger to us all is our right as a society and a strong statement about what it takes to be able to walk freely among us. That it also allows time for projects like this one to exonerate wrongly convicted persons is also a plus. For those not wrongfully convicted, a lifetime to contemplate that which they have done, never walking free again is just and provides security for the rest of us. That is the kind of world we should be. Not one awash in the blood of innocents whether they be wrongfully convicted or simply born in a savage part of the world. No God has ever said kill in my name. That is men, writing down their bloodlust and claiming it comes from their personal conversation with a deity. Men lie. They always have, to get their own way, and they always will. We need be protected from such as they as well.

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Monday June 22, 2015, 8:25 am
What a bittersweet story. I hope both Michael and Eric will continue to grow into their new relationship and that both can live happy and fulfilled lives. Both have lost 25 years of a relationship, Michael has lost 25 years of life, his existence reduced to the a mini cosmos with its own kind of reality, in the knowledge that his wife was dead, his son estranged and he was innocent of the charges. That must weigh extra heavy on anyone in that position. I wish him and his son all the best.

federico bortoletto (44)
Monday June 22, 2015, 12:44 pm
Grazie della condivisione.
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