Morton case source of contention in Wilco DA race
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It's safe to say Jana Duty and John Bradley don't really care for how the other is conducting themselves in the race for Williamson County District Attorney, especially when it comes to discussing the aftermath of the Michael Morton case.
In October of last year, DNA testing of old evidence set Morton free after he spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's murder. Some say Bradley worked to block that testing as Williamson County DA.
In the last two months, e-mails have been exchanged between Duty's and Bradley's offices regarding comments in the media about Bradley’s handling of the case. At one point, Duty represented him in a jurisdiction matter which questioned whether the case could be argued at the state and federal levels at the same time.
“I have the perfect right to talk about the case and to criticize Mr. Bradley’s mishandling of the case without overstepping any bounds,” Duty said.
However, Bradley disagrees.
“She should not now be able to mislead the public and say she has the contrary opinion,” he said.
The volatility is now stretching into endorsements, especially from area law enforcement.
When the Cedar Park Police Association endorsed Jana Duty, Bradley made claims it was because she had made them promises, in essence, bribed them.
In a press release dated March 14, the president of the police association said he “understands how fierce political campaigns can get, but what Mr. Bradley presented as fact is so far removed from the truth, I feel compelled to respond.”
YNN asked Mr. Bradley twice to respond to the association’s statement, but he never gave a direct answer.
“I have over 20 years of experience,” Bradley said. “Jana Duty has never prosecuted a single adult felony case and that’s the work that the DA does.”
Duty admits Bradley does have experience, but that her office has tried many such cases.
This Sunday, Michael Morton will be featured on “60 Minutes” on CBS. It will be his first sit down interview since leaving prison.