Michael Morton will likely be compensated for his wrongful conviction, and among those Texas taxpayer dollars will be dollars from Debra Masters Baker’s family. Ms. Baker was the woman slain by the same killer subsequent to Morton’s frame-up, dismissively referred to in this article as “another young mother.” As Ms. Baker can’t be raised from the dead, her family remains more victimized by Michael Morton’s frame-up than Morton himself, or his son.
The false conviction conversation-steering being done by innocence organizations, the media and filmmakers is increasingly similar to the steering performed by the captain of the Exxon Valdez: The movie “Conviction” didn’t mention that Kenny Waters died six months after he was exonerated; the documentary “After Innocence” didn’t mention how many hundreds aside from Wilton Dedge were framed with charlatan dog handler John Preston’s perjuries – it didn’t mention Preston at all.
Michael Morton certainly deserves our sympathy, but not our undivided attention. Nor does he deserve a cent from the Baker family … every bit of his exoneration compensation should come from those who framed him, who defrauded and endangered the public by pretending to prosecute in good faith – killing Debra Masters Baker with their pretense.
Michael Morton’s remarkable story of wrongful conviction for the 1986 murder of his wife Christine, his 25 years of incarceration, and his exoneration, will be told to a national audience when the documentary “An Unreal Dream,” written and directed by two-time academy award nominee, Al Reinert, premiers on CNN tomorrow night, Thursday, December 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET and PT. According to CNN (here) the documentary seeks to “demonstrates that Morton’s story is not unique.”
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