It should be noted that there’s no real evidence for any of these “skyrocketing” crime rates. And if these aforementioned crimes were on the rise, it’s far more likely they’d be driven by poverty and underfunded communities than litigation claims for access to post-conviction DNA evidence under civil rights law, which have been the focus of Morrison’s legal career. And, again, Morrison’s clients are a specific group of people whom the state was going to execute for crimes they did not commit.

But Republicans did not let such facts stop them from peppering Biden’s nominee all day with bizarre, misleading, and unabashedly stupid questions, few of which had anything to do with what she actually does at the Innocence Project. At one point, Morrison had to remind Cruz that in 2013, Republican state legislators in his own state of Texas unanimously passed a law named after her former client Michael Morton to help wrongly accused people access possibly exculpatory evidence in cases with proven misconduct.


But sure, every time a rock gets thrown at a windshield it’s probably because of Nina Morrison.