Wow, a rare event…Kudos to Marty Shroud….
The lead prosecutor who locked wrongfully accused Glenn Ford in a “hell hole” at Angola’s death row in Louisiana in 1984 has apologized for a “miscarriage of justice.”
Then-33-year-old A.M. (Marty) Stroud III celebrated his successful conviction of Ford with a round a booze with his friends, a memory he now calls “sick” in a public apology published this week.
Stroud only blames himself, according to his Shreveport Times guest column.
“I was arrogant, judgemental, 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 from the Lousiana State Penitentiary a year ago when evidence, believed to have been suppressed during the trial, surfaced exonerating him from the all-white jury’s decision in the murder of a nearly blind Shreveport watchmaker, Isadore Rozeman.
He was the longest-serving inmate on the state’s death row to be let go.
But Ford’s first injustice gave way to another.
The state is denying his request for compensation typically bestowed upon those wrongfully convicted because he did not prove he is factually innocent, according to a lawsuit.
Even if he wins his compensation, he may not reap the benefits, but his decendants, an adult son and grandchild, might. He is battling stage-four lung cancer and doctors believe he has only months to live.
Another lawsuit claims “indicators of cancer” were found in 2011 while he was incarcerated, but he was denied proper medical care, according to USA Today.
“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 admittably mocked Ford during sentencing, he revealed, and said Ford wanted to stay alive to prove his innocence, which he considered “an affront” to the jurors.
“He showed no remorse, only contempt for your verdict,” Stroud recalled saying in court.
The jury relied on few articles of evidence for a conviction after detectives accused Ford, Rozeman’s landscaper, of shooting and then robbing the 68-year-old business owner.
No murder weapon was ever recovered.
The new evidence discovered in 2013 showed Ford was not at the scene of the crime, nor did he participate in it.
“Had I been more inquisitive, perhaps the evidence would have come to light years ago,” Stroud said.
A motion filed last year said the evidence would have saved Ford from an arrest and indictment in Rozeman’s death.