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Yesterday, the Michael Morton Act (SB 1611) passed out of the Texas Senate with a unanimous vote from lawmakers. Brandi Grissom of the Texas Tribune reports that the result of the vote was met with an eruption of applause and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst handed Morton an inscribed gavel (see below).

It has taken a lot of pushing and compromise to keep the bill alive. Brandi Grissom wrote yesterday, “Disagreement over that measure nearly stymied the bill until a deal was reached Wednesday evening after Morton made rounds to talk with senators and participated in negotiations initiated by Dewhurst.”

Now, both SB 1611 and Sen. John Whitmire’s bill SB 825 head to the House. It’s reported that Whitmire’s bill will be heard by the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence on Monday.

SB 825 would increase the statute of limitations for filing a complaint against a prosecutor for alleged misconduct with the State Bar.

Michael Morton GavelThe Michael Morton Act passed by the Senate yesterday requires prosecutors to disclose certain materials, including witness statements and offense reports, to defense attorneys and to keep a record of the exchange of evidence.

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