I'm not a lawyer, but to me Bradley calling in all the prosecutors involved for a meeting to review evidence before their depositions (unbeknownst at the time to Morton's attorneys) struck me as straight up evidence tampering, giving the alleged perpetrators an opportunity to get on the same page and get their story straight while muddying independent recollections. The state bar, though, apparently said that was okay by them.
Granted, the complaint against Judge Ken Anderson may be stronger on the merits, if potentially hindered by a statute of limitations, but Bradley's politically convenient, belated, and half-hearted mea culpa doesn't mitigate the fact that he fought for years to keep Judge Anderson's misconduct from being exposed, mocking Mr. Morton's innocence claims while obstructing every possible avenue for proving them. If that wasn't technically unethical according to state bar rules, it certainly was heartless and fundamentally antithetical to the prosecutor's oath to seek justice, not convictions.
Examples like this have convinced your correspondent that the Legislature must find some way to beef up sanctions for prosecutorial misconduct and/or implement preventive procedures, e.g., mandating open prosecution files. The courts won't do it, and it's wholly evident the legal profession is incapable of policing itself on questions of prosecutorial misconduct.
See related Grits posts:
- Justice and Prosecutorial Misconduct
- Triumph or Tragedy? Drawing meaning from the Michael Morton exoneration
- Roundup: Coverage of prosecutorial misconduct in the Michael Morton case
- Holding judges accountable for past misconduct: William Adams and Ken Anderson
- Roundup of Williamson County prosecutorial misconduct fiasco
- On the road to Damascus: The conversion of John Bradley
- Editorials: Weak state bar has failed in oversight role on prosecutor misconduct
- Bradley, Anderson engaged in 'heated discussion' after Michael Morton exoneration
- CYA meetings helped prosecutors, investigator prep for critical depositions
- Nuther Brady violation from Williamson DA's office
- Current, former prosecutors in Williamson, Harris Counties forced to testify about alleged misconduct
- Pushback by prosecutors prevent exposure of 25-year old secrets in Morton case
- Stare bar will investigate prosecutor misconduct in Michael Morton case
- Unable to squelch prosecutor misconduct allegations, John Bradley passes them off to AG
- John Bradley tries to short-circuit investigation into prosecutor misconduct in Michael Morton case
- John Bradley facing local, national criticism now that Michael Morton formally exonerated
- State Bar should sanction prosecutor from Michael Morton case but almost certainly won't
- Why aren't prosecutors held accountable when courts find knowing misconduct?
- Eliminate judge-made immunity for prosecutor misconduct
- SCOTUS seems indifferent to prosecutorial misconduct
- Legislature should limit immunity for sleazebag prosecutors like Charles Sebesta
- A 'perverse' position on prosecutors fabricating evidence ... from the Obama Administration
- Prosecutors seldom disciplined for misconduct; can they be held liable in civil court?
- Prosecutors ask SCOTUS for 'absolute immunity' when fabricating evidence
- Prosecutorial hubris, entitlement, on display in recent cases
- Improving prosecutorial accountability
- What sanctions for prosecutors who cheat to win?
- What can the Texas Legislature do to reduce prosecutorial misconduct?
MORE: From Simple Justice where, reacting to this case, Scott Greenfield accused the Texas state bar and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of "horseradish vision."