The High Five
9:40 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Court To Relive Judge Ken Anderson's Memory Loss In Wrongful Conviction Case

Five stories that have North Texas talking: An eight-hour deposition on video airs in the trial of  Ken Anderson, how one Dallas man lives through bipolar disorder, a Dallas 13-year-old was robbed at gunpoint and more.

Williamson County State District Judge Ken Anderson is on trial for the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in prison for murder before his exoneration. Today, the former prosecutor faces the airing of an eight-hour deposition taken last year by the Innocence Project in which he claims he can't remember details of the case.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn covered the story on Morning Edition today. The Texas Tribune has updates and a recap of yesterday's emotional testimony from Morton. And here's the Tribune's original story about the deposition, with full transcripts.

  • We could learn a lot from the bravery of Juan Martinez. And not just because he stopped running from the bipolar disorder that plagued his everyday existence, driving him to substance abuse. The 34-year-old from Dallas was courageous enough to share his story with KERA's BJ Austin. Tonight, State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, will talk about his experience with the same illness tonight at City Performance Hall, as part of the public forum "Erasing The Stigma: Mental Health And The Search For Solutions." The hall is full, but you can still make your voice heard at the event. Tag questions for panelists on Twitter with #erasingthestigma. And you can listen to the forum live at 7 p.m. on keranews.org.
  • A student at Anderson Middle School in Dallas was robbed at gunpoint yesterday while selling candy for a school fundraiser. The 13-year-old said a seventh grader put a gun to her head and took her cell phone. Her dad picked her up from the Dixon Avenue Apartment Complex; no suspects are identified in the police report. [Unfair Park]
  • Dell, the Round-Rock based computer maker, will go private. Why? Founder Michael Dell wants to own it again. The deal is worth $24.4 billion. [KUT]
  • Puzzling weather continues: Dense fog in North Texas will lead into another warmer-than usual day. We won't hit the originally predicted high of 70, forecasters say, but temps should get close. [Dallas Morning News]
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