Newswire: $1.5 million granted to a man who served 45 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit

By BlackmansStreet.Today

Richard Phillips
     The state of Michigan has awarded $1.5 million to Richard Phillips who was locked up in prison for 45 years for a murder he didn’t commit.
     The $1.5 million seems like a lot of money, and it is, but Phillips couldn’t work a job that would have enabled him to earn a salary, a pension and Social Security Benefits because he was in prison.
     Men and women cannot receive Social Security unless they earned at least 40 credits for 10 years of work, a  spokesman for the Social Security Administration told me in 2015.“Social Security does not have a program that compensates wrongfully convicted individuals with no work history,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.

     Phillips may qualify for Supplemental Security Income, which pays a modest monthly benefit to people who don’t have any income. He earns some money selling paintings he drew in prison.
     A Go Fund Me Page has been established to help Phillips.
     Phillips, who is now 73, was sentenced to prison when he was 26 years old in 1971.

     His conviction was overturned in 2017 when another man confessed to the murder. University of Michigan law students learned about the man’s confession and went to court.

     Meanwhile, the cops and prosecutors who convicted him are now retired and collecting their pensions.

    Phillips served more time in prison than any other wrongfully convicted man. After being released from prison, Phillips said he would like to see members of family who has not seen in decades.

GC Association of Volunteer Fire Fighters sponsors training at Clinton meeting

Shown above Jimmie Rice, Marstine Rice, Brenda Hardy, Scott Hardy, Richard Phillips, Hattie Phillips, Gloria Ingram, Mary E. Otieno, James l. Otieno, James Edwards, Sr. displaying Clinton’s latest fire truck.

The family of the late Pauline Hughes of the Clinton VF Department received a resolution in her honor. Shown l to r: Napoleon Hughes, Brenda Hardy, Hodges Smith, President of the AVFD, Johnny Hughes, Carl Hughes, Napoleon Hughes, Jr. and Scott Hardy.

The Greene County Association of Volunteer Fire Fighters Departments (AVFD) held its monthly meeting, Monday, August , 2018 at the Clinton Fire Station. Hodges Smith, President of the Greene County AVFD, emphasized the important of training and completing certification. This was followed by a training led by James Otieno of the Clinton VFD. The training session focused on protecting the first responder emphasizing the following: points of entering, securing the site as well as a escape route working as a team, being aware of hazardous material, time distance for the first responder and being aware of your surrounding. Jena Fire Department reported two members have completed the EMA course. Two VF Stations have new trucks including a 1995 Pierce 1750 /1000 rural Pumper Fire Truck for the Boligee Fire Department and Clinton Fire Station purchased a 1989 Simon Deluxe pumper.

E911 Director Iris Sermon reported a total of 93 incidents occurred during July – August. The family of the late Pauline Hughes of the Clinton VF Department received a resolution in her honor. The Greene County Association of Volunteer Firefighters consists of 14 departments including Boligee, Clinton, Dollarhide, Eutaw, Forkland, Jena, Knoxville, Lower Gainesville Road, Mantua /Lewiston, Springfield, Stream Plant, Tishabee, Union, and West Greene. The next meeting will be held September 18, 2018 at the Dollarhide Fire Station. The Greene County Fire Fighters encourage everyone to participate. If interested in becoming a volunteer fire fighter you can contact Hodges Smith AVFD president.