Glenn Ford, death row prisoner released after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit

Glenn Ford, Longest serving death row prisoner released after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit Via: The Independent

‘[…] Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner, released today after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit, managed to neatly encapsulated his loss in a single quote: “My sons, when I left, was babies. Now they grown men with babies.”

Interviewed by CNN directly after his release, dressed in a denim shirt, hat and dark-rimmed glasses, Ford, now 64, responds with remarkable good grace when asked by a reporter whether he harbors any resentment: “Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do.”

“It’s resentment, not feeling bitter”.

When asked by the same reporter what he’s lost he replies: “thirty years of my life, if not all of it. I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40 stuff like that.”

Asked how it feels to be released: “My mind’s going all kinds of directions, but it feels good,” he says.

Ford is now a free man after being on Louisiana’s death row since August 23, 1988 for the murder of Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweller and watchmaker for whom Ford did occasional yard work. Convicted by an all-white jury Ford has always denied killing Rozeman and always disputed the verdict.

For decades Ford maintained his innocence and filed multiple appeals. […]

State District Judge Ramona Emanuel on Monday took the step of voiding Ford’s conviction and sentence based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not present or involved in Rozeman’s death, Ford’s attorneys said. […]’

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