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First-of-its-kind Exoneration in the U.S. to take place in Dallas, Texas
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office held an exoneration hearing on July 25th, 2014 for a man who was not actively seeking exoneration. Data from the National Registry of Exonerations confirms that this is the first time in the United States that an exoneration of this kind has occurred. The man in question, Mr. Michael Phillips, a 57 year old Dallas native, was falsely accused of sexual assault in 1990. […]
Meet the DA
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is the first African-American elected to that position in Texas.
As DA for Dallas County, he has a 99.4 percent felony conviction rate. He protects the most vulnerable citizens by using innovative strategies like DNA testing to make sure his office is putting the right people in jail. DA Watkins’ interest in conviction integrity led to partnering with the Innocence Project of Texas to aid the wrongfully convicted.
"Our approach to the new criminal justice system requires us to look away from the paths of least resistance."