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Unread 03-12-2014, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After 30 years on Death Row, freed and found innocent.

"According to the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, a judge ordered that Ford be freed Monday after prosecutors petitioned the court to release him.

New information corroborated what Ford had said all along: that he was not present at nor involved in the November 5, 1983, slaying of Isadore Rozeman, the project said.

"We are very pleased to see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford free," said Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, Ford's attorneys.

They have argued his trial was compromised by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence and by inexperienced counsel.

Ford had been on death row since 1984, making him one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States.

"After 30 years, Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner will get his freedom soon," Amnesty International USA senior campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris said in a statement shortly before his release.

"Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is.
Glenn Ford, on death row in Louisiana for 30 years, walks free - CNN.com
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Re: After 30 years on Death Row, freed and found innocent.

I have no idea how much information about the outside world is made available to death row inmates, but I assume it's not much. This guy is going to feel like he just woke up in a sci-fi movie.....the internet, smart phones, cars that tell you where you to go, 3D television. I imagine it has to be equal parts exciting and terrifying.
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How is it they didn't execute him in those 30 years?
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Re: After 30 years on Death Row, freed and found innocent.

Actually, it's not uncommon for people to persist on death row for that long a time. I know one guy who has been on condemned row in San Quentin since 1986... two guys I brought to Florida's death row earlier than that are still alive, if not necessarily well.

The short answer to your question is: appeals. There are attorneys out there who are against the death penalty and are willing to appeal as a pro bono concession to their trade.

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How is it they didn't execute him in those 30 years?
Aren't you glad they didn't?
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Aren't you glad they didn't?
I suspect he's far more glad about it than I am. I'm just curious.
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How is it they didn't execute him in those 30 years?
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I have no idea how much information about the outside world is made available to death row inmates, but I assume it's not much. This guy is going to feel like he just woke up in a sci-fi movie.....the internet, smart phones, cars that tell you where you to go, 3D television. I imagine it has to be equal parts exciting and terrifying.
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yeah, I'm curious about that too.
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..in Angola..where de give a convict a gun to watch anuuder one...
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yeah, I'm curious about that too.
If you mean the specific grounds for the appeal that caused the court to reverse his conviction, the article put it in a nutshell, saying:

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Reading the same account in the New Orleans newspapers, the back story emerges. As is often the case in New Orleans we find a combination of prosecutorial misconduct, an indifferent and ineffective public defender's office, witnesses that later admitted to lying, cops who did a really sloppy job of investigating, and a trial judge who appears to have been out to lunch on something while otherwise presiding over the court proceedings.

What was really crazy was that the Louisiana Supreme Court actually upheld the conviction, while also castigating the court officers for what was quite obviously some sort of botch!

That's what's scariest of all, too...

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If you mean the specific grounds for the appeal that caused the court to reverse his conviction, the article put it in a nutshell, saying:



Reading the same account in the New Orleans newspapers, the back story emerges. As is often the case in New Orleans we find a combination of prosecutorial misconduct, an indifferent and ineffective public defender's office, witnesses that later admitted to lying, cops who did a really sloppy job of investigating, and a trial judge who appears to have been out to lunch on something while otherwise presiding over the court proceedings.

What was really crazy was that the Louisiana Supreme Court actually upheld the conviction, while also castigating the court officers for what was quite obviously some sort of botch!

That's what's scariest of all, too...

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So an ongoing appeal ran for 30 years and kept him out of the chair?
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If you mean the specific grounds for the appeal that caused the court to reverse his conviction, the article put it in a nutshell, saying:



Reading the same account in the New Orleans newspapers, the back story emerges. As is often the case in New Orleans we find a combination of prosecutorial misconduct, an indifferent and ineffective public defender's office, witnesses that later admitted to lying, cops who did a really sloppy job of investigating, and a trial judge who appears to have been out to lunch on something while otherwise presiding over the court proceedings.

What was really crazy was that the Louisiana Supreme Court actually upheld the conviction, while also castigating the court officers for what was quite obviously some sort of botch!

That's what's scariest of all, too...

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I'm more curious as to why, during those 30 years, he wasn't executed. After however many previous failed appeals, they just kept him around.
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I'm more curious as to why, during those 30 years, he wasn't executed. After however many previous failed appeals, they just kept him around.

He wasn't convicted in Texas. That's what saved his life.

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So an ongoing appeal ran for 30 years and kept him out of the chair?
More like a series of strong appeals... otherwise they would have spiked him quite some time ago. But Louisiana never even set an execution date, because the instant one appeal failed, his attorneys filed yet another one with the the 5th District Court. Finally, he prevailed.

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More like a series of strong appeals... otherwise they would have spiked him quite some time ago. But Louisiana never even set an execution date, because the instant one appeal failed, his attorneys filed yet another one with the the 5th District Court. Finally, he prevailed.

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R, post a link where you are getting this info please. I'm curious.
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R, post a link where you are getting this info please. I'm curious.
If what you are looking for is a history of the appellate processes of Mr. Ford, I don't think I'm gonna be able to hand you one link that will list all of those activities-- yet. Pretty soon such a article is bound to be posted on a site such as caselaw.findlaw.com. If you're interested in plowing through such docs, that site is right up your alley. However, it's a bit early for them to have put up anything about Glenn Ford...

Other than that, have been reading the nola news regularly for years, and this guy has been in and back out of the news for quite a while already. One of the better opinion articles from New Orleans would be this one:

Glenn Ford didn't commit murder, so after 30 years he's leaving Death Row at Angola: James Varney | NOLA.com

Another article that you might have a look at is this one:

Death row inmate Glenn Ford released 30 years after wrongful conviction | World news | theguardian.com

It's a British news source, but sums up things rather neatly for anybody other than one who wishes an itemized list of appeals, outcomes, and so forth. For that, you're gonna need a straight up legal review site such as caselaw.findlaw.com.

Hope this helps!

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30 years of a mans life taken away because of a crime he did not committed.
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30 years of a mans life taken away because of a crime he did not committed.
Yeah... it's a bloody shame. But at least he wasn't executed. He's still got some time left... not that anybody can give him back the time he lost as a result of the bogus sentencing...

Since 1973, a total of 69 people have been released from death row in a number of different states. The advent of DNA evidence caused an acceleration in the number of individuals who were wrongly sentenced to die, but there's another bunch of cases like the one of Mr. Ford whose innocence was established by other means.

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Yeah... it's a bloody shame. But at least he wasn't executed. He's still got some time left... not that anybody can give him back the time he lost as a result of the bogus sentencing...

Since 1973, a total of 69 people have been released from death row in a number of different states. The advent of DNA evidence caused an acceleration in the number of individuals who were wrongly sentenced to die, but there's another bunch of cases like the one of Mr. Ford whose innocence was established by other means.

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What percentage of death row inmates is that?
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You'd have to look it up.

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According to this website here, Death Row Inmates by State and Size of Death Row by Year | Death Penalty Information Center there are over 3,000 people on death row. With something like 1400 people executed in that time, Executions by Year | Death Penalty Information Center puts the number of exonerated people at about 1.5%ish give or take.
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Yeah, small potatoes... except to the one who has been convicted and is going to be put to death for something he or she didn't do.

That kinda changes things a little.

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"They have argued his trial was compromised by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence and by inexperienced counsel."

This happens all the time, much more so the "Unconstitutional suppression of evidence."
Wishing Mr. Glenn Ford the best.
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Flawed justice system, is anyone doing anything to fix it???

Hope this guy can sue the hell out of Louisiana
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Hope this guy can sue the hell out of Louisiana
Flawed justice system where?

USA or Honduras?

Whose gonna fix what now?
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Hope this guy can sue the hell out of Louisiana
And for news a little closer to home:

Honduras election: could a woman lead country with high rate of femicides? | World news | theguardian.com

A Honduran woman is murdered every 15 hours and countless others are subject to violence and assault each day, making the country the most hostile place on earth for women, with the exception of actual war zones such as Syria or Congo. The phenomenon has many causes, some specific to Honduras, others less so. It also has a name – femicide. And the latest figures, collated by campaigners, suggest the problem is getting worse.

"With the highest homicide rate in the world, the UN calls Honduras 'the most dangerous [peace time] country' on the planet," said Jacky Repila of Raising Her Voice, an Oxfam-backed project that has attempted to extend the rights and capacity of women in developing countries to influence and participate in governance.

"Of the 22,000 cases [involving women] reported in 2012, less than 2% were investigated … Between 2003 and 2007 the number of men murdered in Honduras rose by 50% [but] this increased to 160% for women, rising to 258% for the 2002-2012 period," Repila said.
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yeah, I'm curious about that too.
In the USA, average time on the Row is 12 years...

California has very, very long wait times...as do most states honestly.

There are appeals, after appeals, after appeals and there always will be until we re-declare capital punishment unconstitutional.
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USA or Honduras?

Whose gonna fix what now?
Hey, our system is corrupted to the core, but yours is supposed to be flawless... not the case at all, but this is new news right.?
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After 30 years of serving a bullsh*t sentence I say give him a gun, put him in a room with the original prosecutor, and give him a freebie.

Suppressing exculpatory evidence, on a capital punishment case, well I'm just ill.
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