February 3, 2018–Reconsideration for Richard Phillips?

This from The Grand Rapids Press:


Wayne County prosecutors taking 2nd look at 1971 murder

A murder case from 1971 is getting another look by Detroit-area prosecutors before a man is put through a second trial after spending 45 years in prison.

Records show the Conviction Integrity Unit at theWayne County prosecutor’s office is examining thecase of Richard Phillips, now 71. His conviction

was thrown out in August, and he was released on bond in December.

Phillips has long declared his innocence in the 1971 fatal shooting of Gregory Harris. The Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school learned that a co-defendant told the state parole board that Phillips had no role.

That testimony convinced a judge to set aside Phillips’ conviction.

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