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Posted: 5:07 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014

Judge asked to exonerate man convicted of child rape

DNA testing identified another man as attacker

In the courtroom

By Don Bishop

Prosecutors in North Dallas will ask a judge today to exonerate a Texas man who served 12 years in prison for the rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1990.

DNA testing has identified another man as the attacker.

Michael Phillips says he pleaded guilty because his attorney feared that a jury would not side with a black man accused in the rape of a white girl.

Phillips, now 57, has sickle cell anemia, is in a wheelchair and lives in a nursing home.

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