Updates*****

  • Coincidentally Lawrence Phillips supporters began communication with a law firm regarding potential legal action surrounding his former pro football career around the same time as the sudden 2015 placement involving the general population. A letter notifying Lawrence Phillips of contact with the law firm on his behalf  was sent to his Delano Prison mail address during the week prior to April 7, 2015.  On April 7, 2015, the San Diego, California trial law firm followed up the previous week's contact with the following email: 

"My name is ________ (name omitted due to ongoing investigation), and I am a paralegal with _________  (name omitted due to ongoing investigation) Trial Attorneys. Our office tried to contact you last week regarding your potential NFL case.  Please contact our office as soon as possible so that we may ask you some important questions regarding your case."

Several telephone and email conversations ensued over several days, including a questionnaire forwarded by mail to Lawrence Phillips, which it is unknown whether he received. On April 15, 2015, the Trial Attorneys firm's interest abruptly ended via an email declining Lawrence Phillips as a client.

  • Phillips writes in a letter that following the circumstances reportedly currently under investigation, handcuffs were placed so tightly about his wrists that his "hands swelled up like hot dogs" and his "palms turned blue". Pictures were taken of his hands including the deep gouge marks visible with swelling from the handcuffs.  As well grievances note that all of Phillips' appeals and self-help legal books were confiscated although authorities are never to confiscate legal materials.

 

  • A reliable source reports that Phillips is being held in a "sensory deprivation unit" (reportedly used in psychological experiments; and/or to extract confessions; and which some U.S. prison reform activists refer to as "mental torture"). U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently (March 2015) denounced the use of solitary confinement in US prisons upon inmates.  Placement in a sensory deprivation unit reportedly being currently applied to Lawrence Phillips in a California prison is an extreme example of solitary confinement. As Los Angeles Times reports that Justice Kennedy is "virtually inviting a constitutional challenge to a prison policy”, a look into the matter of Lawrence Phillips current treatment in a California high security prison may be a good start.

 

  • Other interesting actions, some of which Phillips supporters recently publicized in letters released to USA Today include interference with appeals processes that include mail delays which impede responsiveness to appeal deadlines; Lawrence Phillips is inappropriately detained for two years at a higher security level facility than authorized; and sudden, inappropropriate placement involving the general prison population, the outcome of which Lawrence Phillips is currently under investigation. Phillips letters to his high school coach and principal in March 2014 detail reasons for his request for single-cell placement, which according to California law is the general rule for persons of celebrity or persons of notoriety.  In other words, single-cell placement is automatic for celebrity inmates in custody and special request for such placement is reportedly not required.

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Below are samplings of fictitious versus factual information from parties other than Lawrence Phillips and family (with one exception) that provide compelling evidence that false, malicious reports about Lawrence Phillips and family have had unfairly damaging impact, and that it is time to take  action to right these wrongs.  Lawrence Phillips' fair treatment exists and inevitably occurs; and we are forward looking even as things appear otherwise. 

Overview*****

  • Lawrence Phillips' initial felony conviction, according to Attorney Eric Bates, (Phillips' defense attorney) was significantly impacted by Attorney Bates admittedly misdirecting Phillips so that Phillips missed a court date.  Attorney Bates attempted to fix his error by going on record stating that this particular court was the most coercive one he had ever been involved in. He said the mistake was his and that it was his opinion that it was unfair for Lawrence Phillips to be punished for his attorney error. Bousifa S., the alleged domestic violence victim in the case appeared in person as well as wrote a letter to the court stating that she had misled the court about what really happened. She stated that she was angry at Lawrence taking a football job in Canada which she thought did not include her in the arrangements.  She tried to fix it--authorities were uninterested (see "Phillips contended" below to read more). 
  • Amaliya W. told the public defender as well as wrote a letter to the judge that she was being intimidated by authorities pressing her to testify and pressing her to agree that Lawrence did things that he did not do (see "In the case in which Lawrence Phillips was convicted in 2009" below for more, including a copy of her letter to the court). 

Lawrence Phillips and family’s life experiences are quite different from that which others have falsely published. It has been extremely challenging for Phillips and family to be considered reliable sources with the authority and right to challenge deceptive, misleading and false depictions of their life experiences.

This website represents current and future opportunities to help fairness to prevail in this great country's justice system and to speed up the inevitable elimination of systematic injustice such as documented evidence of imprisoning people to make money,and reported abuse of inmates in custody. Please review options that follow the fiction vs. facts comparisons about Phillips to find out how to get involved.

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Lawrence Phillips bashed his girlfriend’s head into a mailbox and dragged her by her hair down a flight of stairs.

 

Attorney Hal Anderson was personally involved in Lawrence Phillips’ legal affairs during Lawrence Phillips' college career. Attorney Anderson wrote a letter to then General Managers of the National Football League that addressed the fictitious nature of the “head bashing” claim and its origin and the alleged assault (neither of which originated with nor were substantiated by Lawrence Phillips’ girlfriend's statements in the police report or by any witnesses). The "head bashing", "dragging girlfriend by hair downstairs" and "beating" allegations are all false! Click here to read Attorney Anderson’s three page-letter: Page one, Page two, Page three

 

Lawrence Phillips punched a woman in the face at a Plantation, Florida night club near Miami, because she would not dance with him.

 

In an LA Times sports article dated July 7, 1998 (Staff, 1998) Miami
Dolphins Coach Jimmy Jones stated “After gathering all the information I could
and talking with Lawrence, I believe the information that he presented to me
and that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Johnson…Article website: http://articles.latimes.com/1998/jul/07/sports/sp-1471
 or articles.latimes.com/keyword/lawrence-phillips/recent/2.

 

Phillips contended he was coerced into pleading guilty to domestic abuse and making a criminal threat, resulting in a brief prison term and three years of probation.

 

The accuser in the 2000 “domestic violence” case regarding Lawrence Phillips wrote a letter to the judge and also stated (in person) to the prosecutor in September, three months before the coerced hearings commenced against Phillips in December, that she had not told the truth and decided to do so in the preliminary stages of investigation but was urged not  to by the prosecutor. That information, including the accuser's letter, were   withheld from Phillips and his attorney until after the December hearing in which Phillips was coerced to plead guilty by the judge.

According to the accuser, the prosecutor, (who was later let go from her position as an LA prosecutor in another matter), told Phillips' accuser to stick with the original story. The accuser wrote in the letter “ I did what the DA told me to do, I went into the pre-trial and went with the story I gave on the police report because I felt there was no turning back."

A court transcript details the December 13, 2000 “hearing” and how Phillips' attorney (Bates) admitted making Phillips miss the court date through a "miscalendering" (the attorney told Phillips the date was different than the one which Phillips insisted was the correct date). Attorney Bates also states the courtroom was “the most pressured, coercive situation [he had] ever been in” and that “It was my fault for him not being here on his scheduled court date, and I was shocked that it was not being received [by the trial court]." The judge went on to use the missed court date to coerce Lawrence   Phillips into a no contest plea by threatening to jail Phillips without bail for missing the court date, which would cause Phillips to lose his football job.

 

The transcript also documents that the accuser's meeting with prosecutor to admit she had been untruthful and that she had also written a letter to the judge admitting such was withheld from Phillips and his attorney until after the December 2000 hearing and the coerced plea.

 

Find the online transcript here with further details-- http://www.fearnotlaw.com/wsnkb/articles/phillips_v_super_ct-19204.html . see "Procedural History, 3 b "Motion" about 1/3 down the page

 

"Phillips bounced between foster homes, never had a stable environment, was a product of the streets of South Central LA, and had a mom who allowed her boyfriend to brutalize him."

 

Juanita Phillips, Lawrence Phillips mother states "My grandmother (Lawrence's great grandmother) lovingly opened her home in Inglewood California to me and my children when I came to California seeking better educational opportunities for my children and myself. Lawrence's uncles, aunts, great uncles, great  aunts, neighbors and church family were a 'village' that helped ensure a stable environment until I moved my children and myself away from the family to complete a university education. Unable to establish a living wage income while in school, poverty ensued and our living conditions deteriorated. At the age of 12--almost 13, Lawrence elected to go to a foster home after a neighbor called police when I spanked Lawrence inside our apartment. Police examined Lawrence's arms, legs, and even his back side and found no evidence of abuse.  No boyfriend or any other male was involved and no charges were filed.

Our living conditions, however, came under investigation. We were living in a studio type apartment with no bedrooms and there was also a rat infestation in the building. Lawrence was allowed, under condition of my approval, to choose foster care as an alternative living situation. Believing this an opportunity for Lawrence to have better living conditions than I could afford, I approved. Lawrence went to only one foster home where the owner and operators were loving, supportive and instrumental in Lawrence's high school success and the development of his athletic skills."

"As to Lawrence's character, he was only temporarily at a juvenile facility once, while being relocated to a foster home--never for misbehavior. Lawrence is a helper of people and always has been, even as a child. To have who he is so grossly misrepresented and such terrible things result is hurtful and heartbreaking. I look forward to truth and fairness prevailing."

 

 

In the case in which Lawrence Philllips was convicted in 2009 of inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft in 2005, for which he is presently serving a prison sentence in a California state prison:

 

Trial in this matter was completely conducted with neither Lawrence Phillips, his witnesses, nor family members present. Witnesses and   family were required to sit in a hallway outside of the courtroom. During preliminary hearings, Lawrence Phillips requested hearings twice in which he advised the judge that his public defender was not representing him by investigating evidence and asked to have the public defender removed--both requests were denied.

 

The person alleged to have made claims against Phillips (the accuser) appealed to the public defender as well as by letter to the judge, for the court to intervene on her behalf because she was being intimidated by prosecutors and investigators at home and at her workplace. Similar to the 2000 hearings, a letter from the accuser (that is a matter of court record) was withheld until all proceedings ended.

 

The letter from the accuser reads:

"From the first time Lawrence and I met we had a connection and have remained friends ever since. He has been there for me when I've had no one else. I felt pressure not from Lawrence but from the prosecution. They made many trips to my home and to my place of work. I felt like I had done something wrong. This all happened over 4 years ago and I honestly don't remember much. Because of that I let them know I felt uncomfortable about testifying. It was made quite clear I had no other choice. When on the stand, I felt very nervous and felt the words were being put in my mouth and that certain details were misleading. I felt to a certain degree pushed to answer in a certain way. Lawrence has a very big heart and if someone is lucky enough to have Lawrence in their life they have found a true friend. He really is a caring person and on many occasions put others before himself."

 

"Phillips ran over three youth after losing a recreational football game to them."

 

A bicycle was pushed into the vehicle Phillips was driving just before it veered into the youth, causing the car to veer into the youth. This is a matter of court record although investigators claimed "all crime scene evidence was lost". According to prosecutor's testimony, all evidence was re-created months later. An order was made that the jury could not be informed of such re-created evidence.

The youth involved testified that Lawrence Phillips did not make any threats or indicate he was upset or angry or intended to hurt them. They stated he showed them a few strategies before the recreational game and they assumed he was joking with them when they saw him driving along the edge of the field after the recreational game.

Finally a juror went on record after trial stating there was jury misconduct by one juror during deliberation, which the court declined to consider.

 

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