DNA proves man’s innocence after 24 years

Dallas resident Michael Phillips, 57,  has recently been exonerated of a 1990 rape charge that he did not commit, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 25.

Phillips was released from prison in 2002 after a 12 year sentence and is now living in a nursing home due to his sickle cell anemia.

Phillips pled guilty to the charge 24 years ago when the 16-year-old rape victim identified him as her attacker. According to the Dallas County district attorney’s office, Phillips always insisted he did not commit the crime, but he plead guilty because he was warned he could get a harsher sentence from a jury trial.

In 2009, the Conviction Integrity Unity of the Dallas County district attorney’s office reviewed old cases using DNA evidence to verify the convictions made in cases like Phillips’, thus resulting in 34 exonerations.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe that every individual is due a fair trial, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients like you who have been charged with a criminal offense. To confidentially discuss your case, call our Dallas offices at 214-845-7007 today.

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