Michael Morton

As Interviewed by Kaya Fagerstrom, March 18. 2015
"But we’re not here in this world to just be comfortable, just to be nice and fuzzy and warm and friendly. We’re being improved, and the tough things you go through -- those are the things that help you. Those are the things that mold your character and your heart..."
Michael Morton

Introductory Profile: About Michael Morton

I had the honor of interviewing a very admirable and decent man with a lot of integrity. Michael Morton was put in jail for 24 years and seven months after being falsely accused of murdering his wife. The prosecutor that put him in jail withheld evidence that he was supposed to share with everybody because that evidence showed he was innocent. Mr. Morton was locked away and kept from living a normal life.

So many bad things happened to Mr. Morton in prison, including the day his son said he was going to quit visiting him and then changed his last name to cut ties with him. Losing his son was rock bottom for Mr. Morton. But this led to a moment of clarity for him that brought him peace in his soul and made him a grateful man instead of vengeful. But he needed to be proved innocent badly. Mr. Morton began to work with The Innocence Project to prove his innocence and get his release. He wanted to test the bloody bandana that was found nearby the murder scene for DNA of the real killer. It took a long time, but finally the bandana was tested. The blood was a mixture of Mr. Morton’s wife’s blood and the real killer, Mark Alan Norwood. This led to Mr. Morton’s exoneration and eventually his release.

Michael Morton does not blame the Criminal Justice System itself, but he says that the Criminal Justice System’s integrity is based solely off the people that are in it. Mr. Morton is not wasting time being upset that a lot of his life was stolen from him. Instead, he’s working to fix the system through the Michael Morton Act. It was genuinely inspiring to talk to Mr. Morton because he reminded me to always place my values in people who are important to me, and to realize that sometimes it’s the bad things that happen to us in life that make us who we are.