August 15, 2014
WHEN CHUCK MORTON, center, retired in 2013, it was front-page news in Broward County. “One tough prosecutor,” the Sun-Sentinel called him. Bob Butterworth, Florida’s attorney general for 16 years, said: “I cannot think of anybody who has done more for the criminal justice system. Chuck was one of the most outstanding prosecutors I ever worked with — no doubt about it.” And when Mike Satz, left, took over as 17th Circuit State Attorney in 1976, Morton was his first appointment as assistant state attorney, and made history as Broward County’s first African-American prosecutor. “To this day, I still consider it one of the best decisions I ever made,” Satz said, calling Morton “a true criminal law professional who has distinguished himself, both in and out of the courtroom,” and the employee he promoted to chief assistant state attorney in 2005. In his 37 years as a prosecutor in Broward County, Morton handled more than 400 jury trials and more than 40 first-degree murder cases. In 2000, the Broward County Crime Commission named him “Prosecutor of the Year.” And this year, at The Florida Bar Annual Convention, the Criminal Law Section honored Morton with the Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to Florida’s criminal justice system. Also pictured is Susan Hugentugler, the outgoing chair of the Criminal Law Section.