After 30 years, wrongfully imprisoned man meets prosecutor
IT WAS the moment that a man who spent more than 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit came face to face with the person who put him there. It was not easy, for either of them.
"I want you to know that I am very sorry," prosecutor Marty Stroud told Glenn Ford after he walked into his Louisiana home and shook his hand.
"Right," replied Mr Ford, barely bothering to look up from his chair. "But it cost me 31 years of my life....I'm sorry. I can't forgive you."
Mr Stroud made headlines last month when he issued a public apology to Mr Ford for his role in the prosecution that resulted in the suspect being imprisoned in Louisiana's Angola jail for more than 30 years.
Mr Ford, now 66, was freed a year ago after evidence emerged showing he was not at the scene of the murder. He has not received any compensation and been living on donations, despite being diagnosed with stage four cancer and being told he may have just months to live.
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Mr Stroud had asked to meet Mr Ford after making the public apology in a letter published in the Shreveport Times. The encounter was filmed by the makers of ABC's Nightline.
The meeting between Mr Ford and Mr Stroud was filmed by ABC's Nightline
Mr Stroud, 63, wrote the letter after the state ruled that Mr Ford was not entitled to receive compensation because he could not "factually" prove he did not commit the crime.
"Glenn Ford should be completely compensated to every extent possible because of the flaws of a system that effectively destroyed his life," wrote Mr Stroud
Mr Ford was convicted in 1984 of shooting Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweller and watchmaker for whom had done some part-time gardening work.