The lead prosecutor who wrongfully convicted Glenn Ford and threw him in a “hell hole” called Angola prison’s death row in 1984 has apologized for the “miscarriage of justice.”  Marty Stroud III, then 33, celebrated his death penalty conviction with a round of drinks with friends.  He said the once landmark moment in his life now sickens him.

“I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself,” Stroud wrote, “I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family.”

A judge freed Ford a year ago when evidence, suppressed during trial, surfaced exonerating him in the murder of a watchmaker, Isadore Rozeman.

Ford is the longest serving inmate in Lousiana’s death row to be exonerated. An apology may be all that Ford gets.  His compensation is being challenged by the state because he cannot prove he is “factually innocent.” Ford is currently battling stage four lung cancer and doctors are giving him only a few months to live. His lawsuit also states that “indicators of cancer” were known to jail medical staff, back in 2011, but he was denied proper medical attention.

“Glenn Ford deserves every penny owned to him,” Stroud added, using his apology to advocate on Ford’s behalf and calling for the abolishment of capital punishment, an “anathema to any society that purports to call itself civilized.”

Stroud recalls openly mocking Ford during sentencing, “[Ford] showed no remorse, only contempt for your verdict,” he told the jurors, who subsequently sentenced him to death.  Now, Stroud knows that Ford was innocent, which is why he showed no remorse for the crime he didn’t commit and wasn’t too happy about the conviction. The jury had hardly any evidence against Ford, no murder weapon was ever found.  Ford was the victim’s landscaper at the time and detectives insisted that robbery was the motive. The new evidence discovered in 2013 showed Ford was not at the scene of the crime.

“Had I been more inquisitive, perhaps the evidence would have come to light years ago,” Stroud said.

A motion filed last year said the suppressed evidence could have resulted in Ford not even being arrested for the crime.


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