michael phillips

*(Via CSM) – In a Dallas courtroom Friday morning, justice finally came to Michael Phillips, an African-American man who served 12 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. 

The Phillips exoneration is the first in the United States to result from a systematic review of old DNA evidence, rather than from an investigation prompted by a convicted person actively seeking to prove his innocence, reports the National Registry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“I never imagined I would live to see my name cleared.… I always told everyone I was innocent and now people will finally believe me,” Mr. Phillips said in a statement.

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