re­lease de­layed for man ex­on­er­ated af­ter 27 years be­hind bars

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

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.

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