Represented by another lawyer, Derrell Savage was convicted for murder by a Philadelphia jury on December 14th, 2006. Mr. Savage, while always claiming his innocence, maintained that the Philadelphia Police Department coerced an untrue statement from him. Mr. Savage toiled year after year trying to have his claims heard by a court. Unfortunately, his court appointed lawyer wasn’t able to convince the trial judge to allow his allegations to be aired. Mr. Savage’s father, still holding out hope that his son would be exonerated, hired Michael J. Diamondstein to undertake his appeal. That decision may have saved Derrell Savage’s life. As held by the Superior Court, Mr. Diamondstein was successful in convincing the judges that Justice demanded that Mr. Savage’s meritorious claims of inappropriate police conduct should be litigated in open court. Derrell Savage will now have the opportunity to show that the homicide detective’s version of what happened is not true.