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Thanks jensstory.
peace, 12/6/2014 8:00:33 PM
Sorry to hear about your father in law. Prayers for your family during this time!
jensstory, 12/2/2014 8:03:49 PM
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 12:37:48 AM
Hi Peace,
Thank you for your awesome story! You are such an inspiration to me not only for your weight loss triumph, but for you marathon experiences, and for the choices you made all along the way and the way you handled the hurdles. You had such patience and persistence. You took each challenge and with thoughtful planning and purpose just mowed em down. Really just simply inspiring! Thank you so much! I love to walk half marathons and even that takes complete dedication and persistence. But I love it. And you have given me renewed confidence and inspiration! Continued good luck and happiness to you!
lollymom, 6/7/2014 12:55:07 PM
Thank you Peace for being such a wonderful inspiration! I would like to run a 5k.
JANCAT, 6/28/2011 1:17:24 PM
Thank you for writing this, I've started this weight loss program so I can do a charity run next year, and I'm looking for a way to start it off. Again, thank you and congratulations on your success.
maissa, 5/10/2010 9:17:00 PM
Hi, I'm trying to find an active group where members sign in at least 3x per week, and also work out or do cardio. May I join you?

I'm a cake decorator in Kansas, I've been on peer trainor and active for a month. I've been working out 3 or 4 times a week, watching what I eat, and I sign in tu-sat. I was raised on a ranch, and love horses. I'm also restoring a historic victorian house that's getting the better of me off and on with 2 kids, 1 dog, and a large garden.
cakelady, 11/3/2009 1:29:04 PM
Congratulations on being such an inspiration and for sharing your story.
huha, 10/9/2009 2:13:27 PM
Hi peace, I just read your artilce and was very impressed. The article seems to begin with your weight around 46 pounds already lost. How did you begin your journey and stick with it to loose the 46 lbs. I seem to start and stop alot

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jamie115, 7/5/2009 12:58:46 PM
Peace, you are wonderful. I can't tell you how impressed I am that you even went to the gym today with what you told us your were going through. Wow.
mariarose, 6/13/2009 8:01:52 PM
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