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Anderson civil trial reset to Nov. 8

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Former Williamson County District Judge Ken Anderson’s civil trial has been rescheduled to Nov. 8, following his resignation Tuesday. The trial was slated to begin Monday.

The State Bar of Texas' Commission for Lawyer Discipline filed a lawsuit against Anderson, claiming he violated courtroom rules and committed professional misconduct in the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton in 1987.

In a statement released Wednesday, members of the State Bar say the commission “continues to work toward a final resolution in this matter that will protect the interests of the public and the Bar and is confident that such a resolution will be reached.”

Anderson could face jail time and lose his licence practice law. While disciplinary proceedings are pending against him, he could also choose voluntary disbarment.

Williamson County sources tell YNN Anderson could accept 10 days in jail as part of a plea agreement. In the same discussion, the disgraced attorney would voluntarily give up his law license.

Morton--then a 32-year-old Safeway store manager in Georgetown--was tried and convicted when Anderson was Williamson County District Attorney at the time. Morton was sentenced to life in prison for the bludgeoning death of his wife Christine in August 1986. In 2011, newly tested DNA evidence linked the crime to another man, leading to Morton's exoneration after more than two decades.

In April, a visiting judge appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas ruled there was evidence Anderson broke state law by hiding exculpable evidence which could have shown Morton was not guilty of killing his wife. District Judge Louis Sturns found Anderson committed criminal contempt of court, tampering with or fabricating evidence, and tampering with a government record in the 1987 investigation and trial.

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