Smell a rat

To recognize that something is not as it appears to be or that something dishonest is happening:

He’s been working late with her every night this week – I smell a rat!

Cambridge Dictionary

In British English
to detect something suspicious

In American English
to suspect a trick, plot, etc.

To believe something is wrong:

When I got an e-mail asking for my password, I should have smelled a rat.

AMERICAN DICTIONARY

Getting Life:
An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace | Biography and Memoir

On August 13, 1986, just one day after his thirty-second birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time.
By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple’s bed-and the Williamson County Sherriff’s office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence.

Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed. Drawing on twenty-five years of recollections, court transcripts, and more than one thousand pages of personal journals he wrote in prison, Michael recounts the hidden police reports about an unidentified van parked near his house that were never pursued; the treasure trove of evidence, including a bandana with the killer’s DNA on it, that was never introduced in court; the call from a neighboring county reporting the attempted use of his wife’s credit card that was given to local police; and, ultimately, how Michael battled his way through the darkness to become a free man once again.

What are the main reasons for the wrongful conviction of Mr.Morton?

1 I Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for Killing My Wife | Michael Morton | Google Zeitgeist

16 sep. 2014

Michael Morton was wrongly imprisoned, charged with the murder of his wife. With the help of the Innocence Project and newly discovered DNA evidence, he was released – but only after serving 25 years in jail. He discusses what he’s been through and how he is campaigning to ensure this does not happen to others, now that he is free.
 
At minute 10: “And my attorneys always smelled a rat in the case, but they didn’t know what the rat was.”
 

in British English
to detect something suspicious

in American English
to suspect a trick, plot, etc.

At minute 12:
 

2 John Bradley’s handling of Morton case questioned

6 okt. 2011

Michael Morton’s case is now raising questions about Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley, who opposed the testing of a bloody bandanna found near where Christine Morton was killed — now found to have DNA that is not that of Michael Morton, but a third person’s.
 
IMPORTANT CONTENT
 
 

3 Michael Morton reacts to exoneration

19 dec. 2011

Judge Sid Harle, upon the written motion of District Attorney John Bradley, dismissed the charges that go back to 1987 when Morton was wrongfully convicted in the death of his wife, Christine Morton, whose body was found in their home on Aug. 13, 1986.
 
 

4 Michael Morton: If you want to be forgiven you must forgive

5 dec. 2013

 
CNN’s Chris Cuomo speaks with Michael Morton, the man who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife.
 

5 An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story

21 nov. 2013

 
He was locked up for 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit. Watch An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, Thursday, December 5, at 9 p.m. ET
 

6 SXSW (2013) – An Unreal Dream Trailer #1 – Documentary HD

27 feb. 2013

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SXSW (2013) – An Unreal Dream Trailer #1 – Documentary HD

Check out the SXSW Playlist: http://goo.gl/YQNbh

No case in modern America illuminates this condition more completely than the story of Michael Morton. in 1986 his young wife was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was accused and convicted of the crime, spending a quarter century in Texas prisons. His unreal dream was and is a powerful journey through despair and abandonment to a greater freedom than most of us know, but all can appreciate.

 

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7 ‘An Unreal Dream’: Wrongfully convicted

1 dec. 2013

 
Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison haunted by his innocence and dealing with the harsh reality of life behind bars.
 

8 Michael Morton: The TT interview

7 feb. 2013

On Wednesday, Michael Morton sat down with the Tribune to talk about the pain and anger the court of inquiry for Ken Anderson is bringing up for him and his hopes for accountability in the wake of his wrongful conviction.
 
IMPORTANT CONTENT
 

Cast:

Director:
Al Reinert: http://j.mp/WkEUhx

Producer:
Kent Schaffer
Marcy Garriott
Al Reinert: http://j.mp/140D6Yv
Chris Mattsson
Jesse Lyda
Jason Wehling
John Aldrich
John Dean
Jim Embree
Nellie Gonzalez
J. Stephen Martin
Beverly Reeves
Clark Lyda
John Dean
Nellie Gonzalez
John Aldrich
Nellie Gonzalez

Writer:
Al Reinert: http://j.mp/WkEUxM
John Dean
Nellie Gonzalez
John Dean
Nellie Gonzalez
Nellie Gonzalez

Editor:
Jason Wehling
John Aldrich
John Aldrich

Cinematographer:
Levie Isaacks: http://j.mp/140D4Qc

Composer:
Chuck Pinnell
Rich Brotherton.

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9 DNA links jailed suspect to Morton – 6 pm News

10 nov. 2011

Just five weeks after Michael Morton was released from prison on a false charge of killing his wife, police on Wednesday arrested a Bastrop man on a charge of capital murder in the 1986 killing in Williamson County of Christine Morton.
 

10 Michael Morton and the justice system – 6 pm News

28 mrt. 2012

He’s been a free man for 6 months – after 25 years in prison accused of killing his wife. But DNA testing set Michael Morton free – and proved he was indeed “innocent” as he held to all along.
 
IMPORTANT SUMMARY
 

11 Innocent man: There were years I plotted revenge

4 dec. 2013

 
Michael Morton and his attorney talk about the case that landed him in jail for 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
 
IMPORTANT VIDEO: SAME STORY AS LIAM ALLAN: KNOWN PROOF ABOUT INNOCENT
 

12 Morton to be released from prison

Michael Morton will appear on Tuesday in Williamson County Court and officially released after Monday’s decision by Judge Sid Harle that new DNA evidence presented clears him of his wife’s murder in 1986.
 

13 Judge named to oversee Anderson inquiry

17 feb. 2012

Judge named to oversee Anderson inquiry
 

14 Anderson admits Morton was innocent

17 nov. 2011

Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson on Wednesday admitted that Michael Morton was innocent and he apologized to the man who spent 25 years behind bars on a false conviction.
 

15 John Bradley testifies in Anderson case

8 feb. 2013

The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon in the inquiry into District Judge Ken Anderson
 
IMPORTANT CONTENT
 

16 Ken Anderson on Michael Morton Conviction

16 nov. 2011

Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson talks about the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.
 

17 State Bar of Texas Files Civil Suit Against Judge Ken Anderson

19 okt. 2012

A civil lawsuit against Anderson filed in Williamson County this month by the State Bar of Texas says the former prosecutor- and current District Judge- did hide evidence in the Morton case.
 
 
 

18 Judge Anderson resigns amid controversy

25 sep. 2013

Embattled state District Judge Ken Anderson resigned his post on Tuesday after almost two years of controversy stemming from his role as Williamson County district attorney more than 25 years ago.
 

19 Benefits of the Michael Morton Act

7 okt. 2019

 

20 Ex Prosecutor Ken Anderson jailed 3 days for misconduct in sending innocent man to 25 yrs in prison

16 nov. 2013

Ex-prosecutor Ken Anderson was sentenced to only 10 days in jail but with credit only served at total of 3 days in jail. Anderson was let out of jail Friday. Anderson, the former prosecutor and county judge was sentenced to jail time for lying and withholding evidence of Michael Morton’s innocence. As a result, Morton was wrongfully convicted and served 25 years in prison.
 
The plea deal also requires Anderson to complete 500 hours of community service, be disbarred and fined $500. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said since Anderson was in jail for only a misdemeanor he will get a credit of two days for every one day served, and he was kept separate from other inmates because of security concerns.
 

21 Evidence of Innocence: The case of Michael Morton

26 mrt. 2012

After nearly 25 years in prison, Michael Morton was exonerated by a DNA test. Did a prosecutor hide evidence that could have proven Morton’s innocence during his 1987 trial?
 
IMPORTANT VIDEO
 
At minute 2:45: the procecutor
 
UNTHINKABLE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN
 

22 Michael Morton: Life after prison

28 mrt. 2012

Michael Morton: Life after prison
 

23 Freeing Michael Morton

26 mrt. 2012

 
Michael Morton was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years for allegedly killing his wife. Lara Logan speaks about her “60 Minutes” report. Also, Barry Scheck speaks to the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts about The Innocence Project and freeing Morton.
 
IMORTANT VIDEO
 
Barry Scheck speaking
 

24 Michael Morton Anniversary Speech

5 okt. 2012

 

25 Michael Morton Interview – Part I

22 apr. 2014

In 1987, Michael Morton was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. Twenty-five years later and exonerated of the crime, Morton reflects on his life
 

26 Michael Morton Interview Part II

18 aug. 2018

In 1987, Michael Morton was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. Twenty-five years later and exonerated of the crime, Morton reflects on his life.
 

27 Evening With Michael Morton and Barry Scheck

1 okt. 2014

Michael Morton, author of “Getting Life,” and Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, share Morton’s remarkable story of tragedy, injustice, and forgiveness with Friends members at the LBJ Presidential Library on September 30, 2014. Morton was exonerated on October 4, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in a Williamson County prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife.
 
IMPORTANT CONTENT: Please enjoy

 

Emotional

 Barry Scheck: minute 34
 

28 Juror who convicted Morton feels guilty

5 okt. 2011

For years, a retired Round Rock teacher believed that sending Michael Morton to prison for life was the right decision, until she learned about a stack of evidence that never made it to the trial.
 
IMPORTANT VIDEO
 
CONTENT AND EMOTIONAL
 

29 Michael Morton Freed in Texas

6 okt. 2011

Innocence Project client Michael Morton was freed on October 4, 2011, in Georgtown, Texas, after serving nearly 25 years in prison for a murder DNA shows he didn’t commit. More information is available here: http://bit.ly/nDEvZk
 
 
 

30 Delayed Freedom: Exclusive interview with Michael Morton

31 jul. 2014

On October 4th, 2011, Michael Morton walked out of a Texas state prison a free man, exonerated for the murder of his wife.
 
Morton spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
 
But in an exclusive sit down interview with KETK’s Garrett Sanders, Morton tells his story, and how he is fighting to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
 

31 Michael Morton’s journey to forgiveness

30 sep. 2016

After spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, Michael Morton has forgiven the people who wrongfully accused him – but he still struggles to forgive his wife’s killer, Mark Norwood.
 

32 HCCLA Reasonable Doubt – John Raley (Michael Morton)

10 apr. 2015

 
HCCLA’s Reasonable Doubt is a TV show produced by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA).
 
HCCLA is the largest local criminal defense bar in the country and is comprised of over 800 criminal defense attorneys. The show features relevant topics and guests from the criminal justice community. We broadcast LIVE every Thursday from 8-9p CST so send in suggestions & questions via Facebook or Twitter. @hccla_tv.
 
One hour
 

33 Nina Morrison Discusses Michael Morton Case at UVA Criminal Law Symposium

12 mrt. 2014

Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney for the Innocence Project at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law, talks about the highly publicized case of Texan Michael Morton during her Feb. 26 keynote address at the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law’s annual symposium. Sentenced in 1987 to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Morton was exonerated in 2011 after Morrison and Houston attorney John Raley uncovered gross violations of Texas discovery rules: the prosecuting attorney had withheld from the defense numerous pieces of key exculpatory evidence.
 
VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO: BEAUTIFUL CONTENT, please enjoy
 

34 John Raley Discusses Michael Morton Exoneration Case at OU Law

7 jun. 2012

Houston attorney and University of Oklahoma College of Law alumnus John Raley shared details about his successful pro bono case that resulted in the release of an innocent man who spent 25 years in prison. Michael Morton was wrongly accused of the murder of his wife. Through DNA testing of a bandanna found at the crime scene, Raley persuaded a Texas court of Morton’s innocence. His efforts also led to the arrest of the man police now believe to be the true killer. The Morton case captured national attention with a story featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes. This presentation is from March 2012 at OU College of Law.
 

35 Michael Morton Interview

18 aug. 2018

Statesman Reporter Chuck Lindell talks to Michael Morton following his testimony at a court of inquiry convened to examine allegations against former prosecutor Ken Anderson.
 

36 Interview: Michael Morton sits down with KXAN

4 jul. 2014

Michael Morton’s life among the trees on an East Texas lake is a little slice of Heaven now, but his new memoir, ‘Getting Life,’ details a 25-year Hell in heartbreaking detail.
 
 

 

37 “Getting Life” Author Michael Morton Tells His Story

25 aug. 2014

Michael Morton knew the murder of his wife would change his life forever, he just had no idea how until the police came knocking on his door.
 

 

38 Michael Morton speaks out about Greg Kelley

18 aug. 2018

Michael Morton speaks with the local news media about the Greg Kelley hearing.
 

39 Michael Morton hearing

3 okt. 2011

Michael Morton is in court Monday, and DNA could set him free 25 years after he went to prison for killing his wife.
 

40 Judge rules Anderson withheld evidence in Morton case

20 apr. 2013

Ken Anderson deliberately withheld evidence that might have helped Michael Morton avoid being wrongfully convicted of killing his wife in 1986, a judge ruled Friday.
 

41 MIchael Morton one-on-one: Life after prison

27 mrt. 2012

Michael Morton, 57, wrongly spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife — before DNA evidence proved last fall he was not the killer. He also talks about reuniting with his son who was a toddler at the time of the murder.
 

42 Michael Morton on Brady v. Maryland

15 jul. 2015

Fifty years after Brady v. Maryland, our criminal justice system continues to wrestle with how to disclose information to defendants in criminal cases. Here, an unforgettable panel of experts, including 2015 Quattrone Exoneree Fellow Michael Morton, to learn about the impact discovery violations has on defendants, victims, and prosecutors, and what we can do to better understand and prevent these problems.
 
The unthinkable story in 25 minutes: please enjoy
 

43 Michael Morton takes the stand in Norwood trial, day 5

19 sep. 2016

Michael Morton’s wife was murdered by Mark Norwood in 1986.
 

44 Greg Kelley sex assault conviction called into question

26 mei 2017

Reactions are flooding in tonight from supporters of Greg Kelley, who was convicted three years ago for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy, but has maintained his innocence all along.
 

45 Innocent man rebuilds life after serving 25 years in prison

5 jul. 2014

Michael Morton, wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, has made many accomplishments upon his release, including a law that helps others who have been wrongfully convicted. Lara Logan reports.
 

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46 AN UNREAL DREAM: THE MICHAEL MORTON STORY – Official Trailer

2 dec. 2013

For more information visit: www.firstrunfeatures.com/unrealdreamdvd

In 1986 Michael Morton’s wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he has years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the Innocence Project and Michael’s pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man’s loss of freedom.

Director Al Reinert is a two-time Academy Award nominee, as a documentary filmmaker (For All Mankind, which won the documentary Jury and Audience Awards when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989) and as a screenwriter (Apollo 13).

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER, DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT- SXSW 2013

“A powerful story of pain, injustice, redemption, and reconciliation.” – Huffington Post

“Recounts an outrageous miscarriage of justice without a trace of manufactured melodrama or visual hyperbole. The film’s rivetingly straightforward style of storytelling is a perfect match for its subject. An inspiring tale of spiritual uplift, sympathetically detailing how religious faith gave Morton the strength to endure, and the mercy to forgive.” – Variety

“An unflinching look at how Morton was wrongfully convicted of murder and had his only son disown him.”- Associated Press

“Makes very real an innocent man’s nightmare through a cruel and broken justice system that stole his freedom, his relationship with his son and, nearly, his spirit.”- Houston Chronicle

“A gripping saga. What is most frightening is how much effort and time it took a squad of highly motivated, expert lawyers to claw Morton out of prison, even after the truth became widely apparent. If a respected, responsible citizen like Morton can be thrown in prison for decades based on such a feeble case, the film asks, who among the rest of us can consider ourselves safe?”- PopMatters

“An extraordinary film…ultimately a story of transcendence.”- Austin American Statesman

“Morton’s character fills this all-too-familiar story of injustice and absolution with a uniquely generous, moving spirit.”- Austin Chronicle

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47 I Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for Killing My Wife | Michael Morton | Google Zeitgeist

16 sep. 2014

Michael Morton was wrongly imprisoned, charged with the murder of his wife. With the help of the Innocence Project and newly discovered DNA evidence, he was released – but only after serving 25 years in jail. He discusses what he’s been through and how he is campaigning to ensure this does not happen to others, now that he is free.
 
Minute 6:30 a difficult moment
 

48 “Getting Life” Author Michael Morton Tells His Story

25 aug. 2014

Michael Morton knew the murder of his wife would change his life forever, he just had no idea how until the police came knocking on his door.
 
 
 

49 Michael Morton Freed in Texas

6 okt. 2011

Innocence Project client Michael Morton was freed on October 4, 2011, in Georgtown, Texas, after serving nearly 25 years in prison for a murder DNA shows he didn’t commit. More information is available here: http://bit.ly/nDEvZk
 

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50 Ken Anderson on Michael Morton Conviction

17 nov. 2011

Judge and former prosecutor Ken Anderson talks about the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.
 

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51 Michael Morton Interview – Part I

22 apr. 2014

In 1987, Michael Morton was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. Twenty-five years later and exonerated of the crime, Morton reflects on his life
 

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52 Evening With Michael Morton and Barry Scheck

1 okt. 2014

Michael Morton, author of “Getting Life,” and Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, share Morton’s remarkable story of tragedy, injustice, and forgiveness with Friends members at the LBJ Presidential Library on September 30, 2014. Morton was exonerated on October 4, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in a Williamson County prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife.
 

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53 Michael Morton on a Year of Freedom

5 okt. 2012

 

54 Interview: Michael Morton sits down with KXAN

4 jul. 2014

Michael Morton’s life among the trees on an East Texas lake is a little slice of Heaven now, but his new memoir, ‘Getting Life,’ details a 25-year Hell in heartbreaking detail.
 

55 Innocent man: There were years I plotted revenge

4 dec. 2013

For more information visit: www.firstrunfeatures.com/unrealdreamdvd

In 1986 Michael Morton’s wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he has years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the Innocence Project and Michael’s pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man’s loss of freedom.

Director Al Reinert is a two-time Academy Award nominee, as a documentary filmmaker (For All Mankind, which won the documentary Jury and Audience Awards when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989) and as a screenwriter (Apollo 13).

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER, DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT- SXSW 2013

“A powerful story of pain, injustice, redemption, and reconciliation.” – Huffington Post

“Recounts an outrageous miscarriage of justice without a trace of manufactured melodrama or visual hyperbole. The film’s rivetingly straightforward style of storytelling is a perfect match for its subject. An inspiring tale of spiritual uplift, sympathetically detailing how religious faith gave Morton the strength to endure, and the mercy to forgive.” – Variety

“An unflinching look at how Morton was wrongfully convicted of murder and had his only son disown him.”- Associated Press

“Makes very real an innocent man’s nightmare through a cruel and broken justice system that stole his freedom, his relationship with his son and, nearly, his spirit.”- Houston Chronicle

“A gripping saga. What is most frightening is how much effort and time it took a squad of highly motivated, expert lawyers to claw Morton out of prison, even after the truth became widely apparent. If a respected, responsible citizen like Morton can be thrown in prison for decades based on such a feeble case, the film asks, who among the rest of us can consider ourselves safe?”- PopMatters

“An extraordinary film…ultimately a story of transcendence.”- Austin American Statesman

“Morton’s character fills this all-too-familiar story of injustice and absolution with a uniquely generous, moving spirit.”- Austin Chronicle

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56 EXCLUSIVE: Greg Kelley reacts to his overturned child sex assault conviction | KVUE

6 nov. 2019

Greg Kelley spoke with KVUE and Austin American-Statesman reporter Tony Plohetski about Kelley’s reaction to the overturned child sex assault conviction.
 
 
KVUE is Austin’s ABC affiliate station and has been delivering local news for Central Texans since 1971. Today it is owned by TEGNA, Inc., which reaches approximately one-third of all television households in America. http://www.kvue.com
 

57 RAW: Greg Kelley sit-down prison interview with KVUE News | KVUE

31 mei 2017

RAW sit-down prison interview between Greg Kelley and KVUE/Austin American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski. STORY: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/loc… | Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/kvuetv?sub_co…
 
KVUE is Austin’s ABC affiliate station and has been delivering local news for Central Texans since 1971. Today it is owned by TEGNA, Inc., which reaches approximately one-third of all television households in America. http://www.kvue.com
 

58 Truck Tears Off Car Door

7 mrt. 2019

When helping out a senior citizen leads to an unfortunate accident. How would you react?
 
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