DA candidate accused of “secret deal” with murder defendant for lighter sentence

District Attorney’s candidate Noah Phillips was hit with claims of prosecutorial misconduct Friday after a defense attorney accused the deputy DA of brokering a secret deal with a defendant’s counsel in a 2016 murder trial to trade a lighter sentence for testimony against the man’s co-defendants.

The accusation, in a motion filed by Sacramento attorney Michael Wise calling for a new trial and introduced Friday before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Curtis Fiorini, alleges Phillips made the deal with murder defendant Tiwan Greenwade’s attorney, Danny Brace. Brace denied the allegation Friday.

Phillips, on a leave of absence from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office as he runs for election, did not appear at the morning hearing and did not immediately return a message sent through his campaign. In his place in court was supervising prosecutor Dawn Bladet.

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