Because he has sickle cell anemia, Michael Phillips sat in a wheelchair Friday morning in court, his lawyer at his side. At 57, his black hair was in a short afro, his scraggly beard white. Today, he was being officially exonerated for a crime for which he served 12 years.
Dallas County District Attorney's Office Michael Phillips at his exoneration hearing.
In 1990, he was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. They lived in the same motel, and the girl had picked Phillips out of a photo lineup. Case closed, especially after his lawyer told him to plead guilty. He was black and the girl was white, and, Phillips said in a press release, his lawyer told him a jury wouldn't be sympathetic.More »