Michael Phillips will soon be the first innocent defendant in the country to be exonerated by a program of systematic DNA testing by a prosecutor's office even though he was not asserting his innocence or asking for DNA testing. His exoneration is the work of the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Dallas DA's Office - the first such unit in the country, founded by DA Craig Watkins in 2007. The Systematic DNA Testing Project was suggested by Registry Editor Sam Gross, who worked on it with the Dallas DA's Office. A copy of the Unit's Report on the Phillips case can be found here.
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that are already on our list and about new cases that might
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