On Sunday's "60 Minutes," Lara Logan reported on how a wrongly convicted man was freed after more than two years in prison.
In 1987, in a very public trial, Michael Morton was convicted of brutally murdering his wife. As he was led away to prison he insisted he was innocent. "I did not do this," Morton said.
Hardly anyone believed him until last year, when he was exonerated by DNA testing. By then, he had spent nearly 25 years of his life behind bars.
Monday, Barry Scheck, co-director of The Innocence Project which led the effort to reopen Morton's case, said the evidence shows the prosecutor in the case, "...did not turn over exculpatory evidence." Specifically, a police report in which Morton's mother-in-law told investigators that her three-year-old grandson Eric witnessed the murder, and described to her in detail how he saw a "monster" with a "big moustache" kill his mother.
"He hit mommy," Eric says in the report.
"Was daddy there?" His grandmother asks.
"No, mommy and Eric was there."
Scheck believes a jury would have acquitted Morton. Exculpatory evidence tends to clear a defendant from fraud or guilt.
Monday, Logan praised Morton, calling him an "extraordinary man."
"He didn't just lose his liberty, his life, his reputation and his of freedom," Logan said. "He lost his son, who grew up thinking his father was a terrible evil monster who murdered his mother."
Michael Morton was recently reunited with his son.
(See more comments from Scheck and Logan in the video player above.)