It is a great injustice when an innocent person is sentenced to prison. Their life is wasted away serving a sentence from a crime someone else committed. In Glenn Ford’s case, it is also a great injustice what happens after the innocent person is exonerated.
The Series of Events
- In 1984, Glenn Ford was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Glenn was in his thirties, his babies were still babies, and he had his whole life ahead of him.
- In 2014, Glenn Ford was released from prison and exonerated from death row and with stage 3 lung cancer.
- In 2015, Glenn Ford is given months to live as his lung cancer had progressed to stage 4.
It was in 1984 when an antique watch and clock maker, Isadore Rozeman, was been murdered. A family was grieving.
Glenn Ford was arrested for the crime. According to The Times, he was appointed legal counsel who had never tried a criminal jury case.
The prosecuting lawyer, Attorney A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, describes himself back then in an editorial as reported by The Times:
“In 1984, I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning. To borrow a phrase from Al Pacino in the movie “And Justice for All.” Winning became everything.”
Stroud admitted that potential African-American jurors were “struck with little thought about potential discrimination.” This led to an all white jury. Stroud also admitted that while he didn’t hide evidence, he did not consider there was sufficient information available to lead to a “different conclusion.” The Times reported that Attorney A.M. “Marty” Stroud III stated:
“Had I been more inquisitive, perhaps the evidence would have come to light years ago. But I wasn’t, and my inaction contributed to the miscarriage of justice in this matter. Based on what we had, I was confident that the right man was being prosecuted and I was not going to commit resources to investigate what I considered to be bogus claims that we had the wrong man.”
After a long fight, Glenn Ford finally proved his innocence and was exonerated and released from prison in 2014. However, more injustices have plagued him.
Only a year after being released, Glenn Ford is given months to live. When he seeks restitution for the 30 years of his life spent in a prison cell, he is denied.
According to an article by the Huffington Post, the Attorney General’s Office said that for an exonerated defendant to receive restitution, the defendant must prove they did not commit any crime based of facts that lead to the conviction.
Glenn Ford was unable to prove that he was not in illegal possession of items stolen in the robbery when Rozeman was murdered.
Stroud asked Glenn Ford to forgive him. They met face to face this year. The NY Daily News reported that Ford was unable to forgive Stroud.
“It happened,” Glenn Ford said in an emotional meeting arranged by ABC’s Nightline. “I’m sorry I can’t forgive you. I really am.”
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