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Black man cleared of rape by DNA test he did not request

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips served 12 years in prison for a rape he did not commit

Almost 14 years ago, Michael Phillips of Dallas, Texas, was accused of a crime he did not commit. Now, thanks to the testing of a DNA rape kit, he has been cleared of all charges. In 1990, Phillips was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at a hotel where he lived and worked. The victim stated that she was raped by a black man in a ski mask. During the rape, she pulled off the rapist mask and according to police “immediately recognized Phillips” as a man she had seen at the hotel.

Phillips was later confronted by at least eight cops with guns drawn who told him he was under arrest for rape. Phillips denied the accusation but the victim picked him out of a photo lineup and began his nightmare of 12 years behind bars. Because he was facing a possible sentence of 99 years behind bars for the rape and the fact that he had a criminal record for aggravated burglary he took a plea deal. According to USA Today, Phillips felt that race would play a part in his trial because he was a black man being accused of the rape of a white teenage girl in Texas. Phillips pleaded guilty as his defense attorney advised him and was sentenced to 12 years in prison and denied parole. When he was released from prison in 2002 he was arrested again for failure to register as a sex offender and spent another 6 months in prison. As far as Phillips was concerned, he had put the past behind him and gave up on claiming his innocence.

However, thanks to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, Phillips has been cleared of all charges related to his rape conviction. Watkins created the nation’s first Conviction Integrity Unit, which investigates wrongful conviction claims. Friday, his office will exonerate Michael Phillips, the 34th wrongfully imprisoned person cleared by Watkins according to USA Today. The unit reviews cases where DNA evidence is present and the rape kit which was tested showed that Phillips did not commit the rape. The testing found that another man named Lee Marvin Banks was the actual rapist. Because of the statute of limitations, Banks will not face charges for the rape of the 16-year-old girl.

Now Phillips is scheduled to receive $80,000 for each year of prison he served and another $80,000 for the rest of his life.


  1. sugarbutterbean on July 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    i stand by my claim that dallas and east texas is the most racist territories in the country the black people in dallas fear city hall even … a lot of blacks who are used as patseys to bring down innocent blacks, dallas and houston is two cities where you will never see a lack person march for racial equality the head of the naacp in dallas does little to nothing to help blacks in poor communities , white cops are always shooting down black young men… and you dont even hear a national out cry why ,cause cnn will not report it or fox who has associate stations like fox 4 through out texas , the area called east texas is where james bird was dragged to death , and ALFRED WRIGHT CASE IS NOW TURNED OVER TO THE FEDS . THATS THE CASE OF THE BLACK MAN MARRIED TO A WHITE WOMAN AND THEY MURDERED HIM IN THOSE WOODS ,CUT HIS PENIS AND HIS TONGUE OUT .. AND GAUGED HIS EYES OUT .. and then returned the body to the woods after the sheriff called of a 4 day search for him !!! look it up on YOUTUBE .. I had not heard of this case before stumblin on it .. this is how texas do it they hide these case from the mainstream news. and that is why people are scared they think if the new aint reporting it it cant be protested … the black panther in houston . has marched on this murder and will be marching they say until justice is served .. CHECK IT OUT ON YOU TUBE VERY COMPELLING .. CNN AND ANDERSON COOPER DID DO A STORY BUT THE CITY OF DALLAS AND HOUSTON DIDNT WANT IT ON AIR .UMMMMM??

  2. sugarbutterbean on July 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    THAT IS WHY DALLAS MAVERICKS CANT SIGN CARMELO ANTHONY OR WADE OR ANY TOP PLAYER THEY HEAR BOUT ALL THE RACISM GOING ON DOWN THERE MY BROTHER LIVES THERE AND I HATE TO VISIT EVEN ITS nothing like chicago . . you dont feel no racist tension like that .. those basket ball player dont want to be where people are not happy if you go to a maverick game you see noooooo blacks there . they dont feel comfortable around whites there , and the cowboys call themselves americas team but most of the white players are racist lol