July 5, 2013 12:00 AM

California convict gets another chance to escape death row

Richard L. Phillips has learned a lot about the law in the decades since a Madera County murder landed him on California’s death row. Now, with a nudge from the U.S. Supreme Court, the 63-year-old Phillips will try again to save his own life. In a case study of legal persistence, he’s secured another trial for part of a crime that occurred nearly 36 years ago. His murder conviction is not in question, but his future is.

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