It was only days ago that we reported on a Louisiana man who was recently freed from prison telling prosecutors that he could not forgive them for unjustly locking him up for three decades.
He maintained his innocence all along, but no amount of evidence stopped the American injustice system from locking him up for almost half of his life on death row. Then the government realized another man had committed the crimes Glenn Ford was accused of.
When he was released, Ford was the longest-serving death row inmate in America. Then, as soon as he got out, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Yesterday he died, but it was the police, the courts and the prison system who stole the livable years of his life from him.
Ford, 65, was wrongfully incarcerated on death row for some of the potentially best years of his life. Right after coming out of prison, he was informed by doctors that he only had a matter of months to live. He was exonerated from one death sentence, only to receive another one.
Yesterday, on Monday, June 30th, Glenn Ford died. In a release, Ford’s supporters wrote:
At 2:11 this morning, Monday June 29th 2015, Glenn slipped away very quietly and peacefully. He was held and surrounded by people who cared about him, and was listening to a song he loved. Thank you for your generous outpouring of support.
There is always pressure for victims of law enforcement injustice to say they “forgive” their oppressors, even after family members are murdered or they spend decades locked in a cage due to wrongful conviction.
Another CNN reporter asked the parents of Jordan Davis if they forgive Michael Dunn for killing him.
But Glenn Ford, the innocent, and now exonerated inmate who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he never committed, has a different answer than what the mainstream media is used to.
When former prosecutor Marty Stroud paid Ford a visit, asking for forgiveness, she explained “I want you to know that I am very sorry. It’s a stain on me that will be with me until I go to my grave.”
“Right,” Ford said. He was too weak to stand up due to the cancer ravaging his body. Now that he’s free, he is only expected to live another six months.
“But it still cost me 31 years of my life,” he explained. “And then nothing at the end but death because they give me from six to eight months to live.”
“I’m sorry,” Ford concluded. “But I can’t forgive you.”
Stroud had a complete change of heart and regrets ever representing the United States Injustice System. Marty penned an emotional op-ed in the Shreveport Times apologizing taking part in Ford’s case, and demanding an end to the death penalty.
“We can’t trust the government to fix potholes,” Stroud said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “Why should we believe they can design a death penalty system that’s fair?”
(Article by Jackson Marciana; image via Veooz)