release delayed for man exonerated after 27 years behind bars
HOUSTON — The reality of impending freedom after being imprisoned 27 years for a rape he did not commit proved to be too much for a Houston man Thursday, and his emotional and angry reaction to the situation prompted attorneys and a judge to delay his release by one day.
Michael Anthony Green, 44, was expected to be granted a bond during a court hearing Thursday after the Harris County district attorney’s office announced a day earlier that new DNA tests it had asked for showed Green did not commit a 1983 rape of a woman.
Before Green was brought before visiting state District Judge Mike Wilkinson, however, he became upset while waiting in a courtroom holding cell, his lawyer, Bob Wicoff, said.
Wicoff declined to comment on what Green said or did but asked for sympathy for his client, saying Green had his life taken away from him when he was incarcerated at 18 years old, a “boy who was put in prison with really bad guys.”
“This was a gross perversion of justice the way this case went down,” Wicoff said. “He’s angry, and he should be angry.”
Wicoff said he, along with prosecutors and the judge, decided it was best to let Green compose himself, stay in jail one more night and come back today for the bond hearing.