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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.' "

godisd, 8/1/2014 12:39:16 AM
Hi Jackie-

There is a thread going in the lounge/ community/ message board.

There are a group of PTers wondering:
"Why are your Success Stories so outdated? One is from 2006! Jen has been at it for 4 months for about 5 years now. If nothing else please change something about the website to refresh it and bring it into the new decade! At this point ANYTHING NEW would be awesome!"

Admin has yet to respond.

A comment from admin would be appreciated.

16ocean, 6/30/2013 5:52:36 PM
Jackie, thank you so much for your gift of wisdom and insight over the years here with PEERtrainer. I love PEERtrainer, it has enhanced my life and continues to improve my health and wellbeing by constantly challenging and educating me, and pointing me in the right direction to seek out greater awareness. I am forever grateful. Thank you.
kim_, 3/12/2013 1:36:16 PM
I'm frustrated with your web site - I can't order the protein shakes. I have in the past, but this time the site doesn't let me into the order ing part. Sorry I'll have to leave peertrainer - it's a wonderful product!

Donna MacDonald
donnamacd, 8/20/2012 11:01:13 AM
Jackie, I love the Cheat System regimen! I do have a question... if beef, chicken, pork and fish/seafood are listed as "cheats", but bison is "all you can eat" (moderation, of course)... where would hunted wild game such as deer, rabbit, quail, dove, turkey, squirrel, etc be listed? Wild game is not as fatty as store-bought, factory-farmed meats, and it's also not infected (injected) with antibiotics and hormones and stuff. I stay away from grocery meats if at all possible, but I do occasionally enjoy wild game when I can get someone to go hunting.

smerlo, 10/13/2011 12:54:19 PM
Jackie...I just wanted to thank you for starting Peertrainer. I have learned so much from you through this site. So far I have lost 31 lbs since January 3. I have been a member since 2009 but I didn't get serious until January of this year. I purchased the Point of No Return when I joined in '09 and I listened to it. But I think I'm just one of those stubborn people that have to let things sit for a while before I act on them. I have been revisiting the Point of No Return calls lately. They have really helped me. I love your Energy Soup. I eat almost every day.
JANCAT, 3/16/2011 1:25:20 PM
Dear Jackie,

I just wanted to drop you a note to say that "I'm back!" If you remember, my six year old daughter had kidney surgery last spring, and for the first time (minus a few ups and downs) I dropped out (4.5 years with peertrainer). Anyway, I am back and doing fabulously. Thank you for all of your support last spring. I love peertrainer, and you!

I hope you are doing well. From your logs, it looks like it!

Warmest regards,

Cay Snow (maddysmom)
maddysmom, 9/8/2009 3:53:23 PM
Maybe you're up at 130 because you've just started regularly running right? you probably have water retention.

By the way, love your site! Been here for over 3 years now.
asgirl75, 6/2/2009 2:00:07 PM
I just left you a private message over at the Team page. You should start a new group - perhaps even Smokin' HOT & Kickin' ASS II... heh.

That is SO awesome and inspriing how much weight you've lost - Do you know the date when you frist lost 30 pounds from your starting point? One year from that date (if it hasn't already arrived already), you may join the National Weight Control Registry as long as you do not regain 31 from now (to qualify for the registry -- you should be able to Google it -- you have to have maintained a minimum weight loss of 30 pounds for one year).

This registry is the basis for much of the new research that is either reconfirming old notions (you should always have breakfast; you shouldn't aim for weight loss greater than 1.8 pounds per week) or introducing relatively new ones in the last decade (more frequent, smaller meals is best; a minimum of 30 minutes a day of exercise is required just to maintain weight). So join and you can start contributing to science by reporting your habits!

My username at is 'greenturtle'... - Karl

vitamind, 7/27/2008 5:13:15 AM
Noticed you dropped out of our group. Was that intentional?
emily_, 7/19/2008 6:37:48 AM
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