Judge Drops Murder Charges Against Man Who Spent 45 Years in Jail
A man in the state of Michigan is free this week after being wrongly convicted of murder and spending 45 years in prison.
A judge has agreed to permanently drop the case against the man.
Richard Phillips is 71 years old. He said of his release that the criminal justice system "works – it just didn't work fast enough."
A lawyer for Michigan's Wayne County, Kym Worthy, said a new investigation by her office supported Phillips' claim that he had no role in the shooting death of Gregory Harris in 1971.
She said a key witness lied during the trial in 1972.
Worthy said, "There's nothing I can say to bring back 40 years of his life."
The case was re-opened at the urging of the Innocence Clinic, part of the University of Michigan's law school. It made the request after the co-defendant in the 1972 trial told the state's parole board in 2010 that Phillips was not involved in the crime.
The co-defendant also said the key witness who lied during the trial helped him kill Harris.
The Innocence Clinic began working with Phillips on his case in 2014. He had been freed on bond since December 2017 and was expected to get a new trial this year. But the judge's ruling this week means he does not need a second trial.
Judge Kevin Cox told Phillips, "You have seen the worst and best of the criminal justice system."
Phillips likely will receive more than $2 million as part of Michigan's wrongful conviction law.
David Moran is director of the Innocence Clinic. He said no one in the United States has ever served more time in prison before being freed than Phillips.
"His freedom truly belongs to him again," Moran said.
When asked about his years in prison, Phillips told reporters, "I've never carried bitterness around, so I'm not a bitter man."
As a free man, one of Phillips' goals is to reunite with his two children. They were just 2 and 4 years old when he went to prison in 1972. Phillips said he has not heard from them and does not know where they live.
Phillips has settled in an area just outside of Detroit. He attends a church where he shares his story with others.
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1.agreed to 同意
France had agreed to his request for political asylum.
2.in prison 坐牢
He spent his time in prison praying and studying.
3.free man 自由之人
The truly free man is he who bears the load of the bond slave patiently.
4.belongs to 属于
He belongs to the ruling Nationalist Party's old guard.
5.A lawyer for Michigan's Wayne County, Kym Worthy, said a new investigation by her office supported Phillips' claim that he had no role in the shooting death of Gregory Harris in 1971.
had no role in 没有参与...
He was familiar with the study but had no role in it.
Funding agencies had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
6.Worthy said, "There's nothing I can say to bring back 40 years of his life."
bring back 拿回；恢复
The wood had been recently polished to bring back the shine.
It's now unlikely that future parliaments will bring back the death penalty.
理查德·菲利普斯（Richard Phillips）今年71岁。他说，自己获释表明刑事司法系统“正义犹存，只是晚了数十载 。”
密歇根韦恩县一名律师金莎·沃西（Kym Worthy）称，她办公室的一项新调查支持菲利普斯的说法，即他与1971年格雷戈里·哈里斯（Gregory Harris）的枪击案件没有丝毫干系。
2014年，无罪座谈会开始帮助梳理菲利普斯的案件。自2017年12月起，菲利普斯获保释，预计今年接受新的审判 。但是本周，法官的裁决显示他不需要再接受第二次审判 。
大卫·莫兰（David Moran）是无罪座谈会的负责人。他说，美国没有任何罪犯在获释前的服刑时间超过菲利普斯 。
重获自由身的菲利普斯目标之一就是与两个孩子团聚。1972年入狱时，他的两个孩子只有2岁和4岁 。菲利普斯说，他没有收到过孩子们的来信，也不知道他们现在住在哪里 。