Exonerated Dallas Man Says Attorneys Shouldn't Get a Cent of His Compensation
|The Innocence Project|
Which has led to this lawsuit: Courthouse News has Phillips's petition filed in Dallas County District Court last week in which he alleges that in 2007, a Lubbock-based law firm convinced Phillips they'd help him get money for being wrongfully imprisoned. He says they had him sign a fee agreement, even though the firm should have known state law already allowed for compensation (an amount upped courtesy State Rep. Rafael Anchia-authored legislation that took effect September 1) without the need for any legal assistance whatsoever. Phillips says he fired the firm last week and doesn't want the attorneys to get a penny of the money he's due from the state.