Glenn Ford was released from prison in March 2014 after his wrongful conviction for murder was vacated. Until that point, he had spent 29 years, three months and five days in solitary confinement on death row at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. A little over a year after his release, Ford died of lung cancer at the age of 65. Three weeks prior to his death, Ford was interviewed by CBS news. His interview aired last night on a 60 minutes segment discussing Ford’s exoneration and Louisiana’s staunch support of Capital Punishment.
Marty Stroud, the former prosecutor who convicted Ford, was also interviewed. After learning of Ford’s release, Stroud came forward and publicly assumed full responsibility for the wrongful conviction. He turned himself into the Louisiana Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, asking to be reprimanded for his role in Ford’s prosecution.
Stroud’s, however, were not universally supported. Current Louisiana Prosecutor Dale Cox, who was also interviewed for the segment, expressed his belief that Stroud did not owe Ford an apology. Cox also defended Ford’s capital conviction and expressed his belief that, despite the number of death row exonerations, Louisiana needed to impose the death penalty more often.
When asked about the Louisiana’s failure to compensate Ford’s family for the 30 years he spent in prison, Cox defended the State’s sole gift to Ford: a $20 gift card.
Cox: I got him out of jail as quickly as I could. That’s what the obligation of the state is.
Bill Whitaker: And that’s the end of the state’s obligation?
Dale Cox: As far as I’m concerned.
Cox is a vehement supporter of the death penalty, his Parish along In the sentenced more people to death per capita from 2010 to 2014 than in any other county in the United States.
To view the entire 60 Minutes segment click here.