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The Justice System “works – it just didn’t work fast enough” – Michigan Man wrongfully Jailed for 45 Years



The Justice System "works – it just didn't work fast enough" - Michigan Man wrongfully incarcerated for 45 Years

71-year-old Richard Phillips had his jail conviction thrown out Thursday by a Wayne Count Judge after serving 45 years of his sentence. He was upbeat, saying the Criminal Justice System  “works – it just didn’t work fast enough” in his case.

According to CBS NewsCrimesider, his case was thrown out after it was discovered that a key witness had lied in his 1972 trial for the murder of  Gregory Harris.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy was quoted a saying;

There’s nothing I can say to bring back 40 years of his life. The system failed him. This is a true exoneration.

The case was reportedly re-opened on the insistence of the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School after a co-defendant in his trial told the State Parole Board of his innocence.

Phillips has listed finding his two children who were 2 & 4 at the time of his conviction as one of his goals upon regaining freedom. He told reporters, “I’ve never carried bitterness around so I’m not a bitter man“.

Photo Credit: ClickOnDetroit


  1. o

    March 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    All these ppl that bear false witness sef. I wonder how they are able to do such without batting an eyelid. SMH

    • Mrs chidukane

      March 29, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Exactly. The person should be found, heavily fined,and then jailed for some time.

  2. Too sad

    March 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    I pray that he finds his children.

  3. Fleur

    March 30, 2018 at 12:37 am

    The person who bore false witness should replace him in jail. Also, teh system did not work. Justice Delayed = Justice Denied.

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