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hualicai, 11/28/2014 12:53:44 AM
Michael Phillips has been spending most of his time these days living in a tiny room in a no-frills northeast Dallas nursing home.Until recently, he had a roommate who slept in a bed 2 feet away, and staff brought him three square meals a day.

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Only a few hours passed each day in which he didn't think about his burden of four decades: being a convicted sex offender.That was before Friday,

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when Phillips was officially exonerated by Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' Conviction Integrity Unit, which determined via DNA testing that he was falsely convicted. The state will now pay him handsomely for its mistake.

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It was a first-of-its-kind exoneration in that Phillips wasn't clamoring for vindication. As was the case when he accepted a plea deal in 1990, he felt that his race would preclude him from getting a fair shake in the justice system, so he just accepted his plight.After entering hisplea,

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Phillips, a 57-year-old African-American who grew up in New Orleans, served 12 years in a Texas prison for the rape of a 16-year-old white girl at a Dallas motel where he'd worked as a maintenance man.Confined to a wheelchair due to his battle with sickle cell anemia, Phillips has been out of jail since 2002. He has been living in nursing homes the past few years as his health has spiraled downward.

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Though he's been out of prison for 12 years, he considers his life one long sentence, as he was forced to wear the branding of a convicted sex offender.

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In his first week as a free man, Phillips is overjoyed and struggles to put his emotions into words, instead pointing to the spirituality that helped him cope all these years."A-W-E doesn't describe the feeling.

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I don't know if they got a word that describes how I feel. To have a leash taken off my neck and off my ankle, I know how my ancestors felt when they got free,"

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he said.Falsely AccusedAccording to the Dallas Police Department report from September 28, 1990,

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the victim was awakened by a man wearing a black and white ski mask.While struggling with the man and biting his hand several times,

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the victim told police, she pulled up her assailant's mask and recognized him as Phillips, a man she had seen living at the motel.The following month,

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detectives showed the victim a six-picture lineup, and she again identified Phillips as the man who raped her.(The Dallas Police Department no longer presents photos side by side,

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because the district attorney's office says it suggests that the perpetrator must be present and compels the victim to pick one.)It didn't help that Phillips had a record.

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In an interview with CNN, Phillips acknowledged committing a home burglary when he was 19."Being young and foolish, there were things you do that were juvenile,"

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he said.But at 32, he was trying to make an honest living and was shocked to hear that he was being charged with a rape that he hadn't committed.

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He feels that the prior burglary conviction and a "broken criminal justice system" were to blame for the bad advice he got next."The first paid public defender came in there and said, '

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Mr. Phillips, the DA went back and saw that you just got out of prison a couple of years ago, so they want to lock you up for 99 years.' He thought he was doing me a favor. He said, '

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You could get life, so you are going to take this 99 years.' "

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godisd, 8/1/2014 12:40:17 AM
thanks babe.. that means so much to me coming from you.. I am honored you are my friend as well. no sense bitching and moaning. that doesn't get results Ha. i want results.. and I will have them.. your kicking butt... omg I stepped into a insane world yesterday and did insanity.. wow.. that's a workout even with some modifications for my wrists.. grrrrr thats the only thing i wish i could fix.. i would be a lifting beast without the arthritis but i will find ways to get things accomplished.

... I am about ready to go for a run.. got lost on this site http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/

so many good foods... planning out easter dessert.. no sad desserts.. havent had milk, eggs, and cheese all week.. ok.. im off for a run, were doing this bud!!!
lynneta6, 3/27/2013 12:42:04 PM
Netta! I am proud of you. In my honest opinion you are "THE" shinning example of what this site is all about. You don't bitch and moan, you get it done! You keep trying until you find what works for YOU and never quit! I am honored to be your friend and you inspire me! KEEP IT UP GIRL! It's your world and I'm getting out of the way!
Bendage, 3/15/2013 12:34:18 PM
you are amazing.. I have learned so much from You.. I have been meat free since jan 1.. I use to feel the same way about meat, but my views have changed and for my health I feel better.. I am still tweaking things. plus I am training for 3 marathons in 3 months.. first one is oct... see IM not the only one that reads your logs.. love ya bud.
lynneta6, 3/13/2013 10:29:10 AM
Lorelei7,

Very encouraging comment. Thank you.
Bendage, 2/26/2013 6:49:20 PM
Bendage- I read a lot of them on PT community. This is because I have found that even if I am being accountable only to myself and no one reads my logging - I know that I have BEEN accountable to myself. If I DON'T log my foods and calories and workout, I find I WON'T pay attention to what I am dumping into my body. I am here as of 1/18 to make this vessel of God's much more in shape and stay away from disease that creeps up on people when they get out of shape and eat bad.

So long story short - yes, people read these logs. I have another lady's log that I watch in the community because I find foods to try and find her inspirational. I am also in a team and we watch each other for accountability. Been a great experience so far. God Bless!!
Lorelei7, 1/24/2013 4:18:52 PM
Are you still doing well with your diet and workouts??
maddie009, 7/26/2011 6:44:59 PM
LOL! Thanks Habib, but it's actually oatmeal aaand a shake. Costco sells a pre-made shake by Premier and they are pretty tasty.
Bendage, 8/25/2010 11:24:53 AM
nice breakfast shake!
habibwicks, 8/25/2010 10:18:52 AM
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