Skip to comments.Louisiana's Longest-Serving Death Row Prisoner Walks Free After 30 Years
Posted on 03/12/2014 6:27:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
There are many ways to measure 30 years, but for Glenn Ford, the yardstick is simple.
"My sons -- when I left -- was babies. Now they grown men with babies," he said, speaking as a free man for the first time in nearly three decades.
Ford, Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner, walked free Tuesday after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.
"My mind's going all kinds of directions, but it feels good," Ford, 64, told reporters outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to CNN affiliate WAFB.
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If they ever do a remake of Blackboard Jungle, I hope he gets a part. It would be quite a comeback.
Put the prosecutor on death row. I hate the rules of evidence for capital cases.
We see far too many cases of prosecutorial and police misconduct. Find the easiest target and get a conviction.
I should know as I worked for several years in a prosecutors office as an investigator.
One of the reasons I turned against the death penalty. I’m sorry that it took 30 years to clear him but it’s still better than the alternative.
I wonder if they caught the real killer?
Same here. I' still be for the death penalty if there were no corrupt prosecutors or law enforcement officers. The problem is there are way too many of them an virtually nothing happens to them when caught because they have so much dirt on the others. Kind of an unspoken mutual extortion society.
Hey! Hi, my sister works as an
investigator to this day. (Not on
this case, but, of course, she was
ecstatic to have this outcome.)
If the man is innocent, I am thrilled
to have justice done-—a just outcome!
Yup, that's the problem, but then, why punish any crime because the perp might be falsely accused?
Too many of these "exonerations" are the results of legal shenannigans .
Had a case here a while back where a killer was given a new trial on a technicality. After 25 yrs one witness, victim's wife had died, another witness had dementia and blood evidence was lost.
Prosecutor decided not to retry. naacp paraded the guy around as a victim.
That being said, if someone is wrongly convicted by prosecutorial misconduct those responsible should go to jail for a long time. I would also like to see them held financially responsible rather than the taxpayer.
Notice they never mention who the prosecutor was.
Exactly! I had an employee convicted and sentenced to 7 years probated. He’s in his 4th year of a horrible experience. Now, he wishes he had just gone to prison because he would have been out in about 18 months.
Worst of all, most of the past 4 years, he has not been able to see his two young sons even though they are in town.
The courts are horribly incompetent and legislatures and county probation people are bureaucratic vacuous naughts.
The judge in his case was very inexperienced and she made horrible rulings. His own lawyers were disloyal to him and sat on exculpatory evidence. There was no interest by the prosecutor in the truth. The incident itself was incredibly minor. After reading the transcript, I just said to myself OMG, if his life was at stake they would have killed him and would not have given a damn. And, oh by the way, the cops sat on the stand and told bald face factual lies and got away with it.
Based upon his experience as a very poor defendant, and after 65 years on the planet being very pro death penalty, I no longer support it in MOST cases.
Basically, absent a video tape of the crime, OR NOT one scintilla of doubt, I’m against it. Juries are incompetent too. They mostly are awed by the judges and lawyers and can be convinced that God is in the parking lot.
I think determining the truth by 12 citizens in an incompetent give a damn courtroom with about 6 lawyers on all sides that don’t give a damn either has, in this society, become an impossible task. We can no longer govern ourselves and we are, as a society, incompetent to put people to death.
Where does this poor guy go to get his life back. A third to a half of it gone!
Looking sharp Louisiana...
Dunno (sometimes state legislatures will pass special relief bills) but you can bet that for as long as he does still live, he’s going to be making the circuits earning beaucoup $$ doing nothing harder than talking about it all.
The former inmate is reported to have taken the 3:10 train to Yuma.
It is harder everyday to support Death Penalty. Too much corruption within the legal system and police force. I still kinda support it, but definitely don’t blame states that get rid of it.
It’s not like he lost his important years, just the 30 years between the time he was 34 and 64.
I used to be very pro-death penalty. I now have zero faith in the legal system after years of stories involving innocent death row people, and frustrating stories like yours. Just one more rotting part of our nations corpse.
Maybe if everybody did believe God was in the parking lot they’d be more careful about not putting on circuses in court rooms. Good grief cubed.
I hope the guy gets a big check quick enough to enjoy it for a few years.
I've decided that it is not cost effective. Lock 'em up and forget 'em.
I’m so glad there is a group that actively supports guys who claim innocence and, as it turns out, they are innocent of the crime involved.
Of course, most of those who claim innocence are probably lying. But there are some who really were not guilty of the crime. It makes me think that DNA evidence is a good thing.
Still very little in the way of facts in this case. Does appear that Ford was in possession of items stolen in the robbery and his claim was that “a friend gave it to me” and that others were involved and at least one person testified against him. Appears that this woman may have changed her story. Is she lying now or then? Also the author makes sure that we know that he was convicted by an all White jury. We all know Whitey can’t be trusted to examine the evidence and render an impartial verdict.
Could be, but it sounds like they have an “informant” that convinced them he was innocent of any murder. I doubt they would let him off death row after all this time unless they were forced to do so with the informant’s evidence or testimony.
The withholding evidence during trial should be a pretty big deal, especially in a death penalty case.
Sure. Sounds like these were all people who knew each other. The woman was the girlfriend of on of the brother’s that were implicated. I don’t know what happened to them. From what I’ve read the girlfriend changed her story and there is a jailhouse informant. Both hugely problematic and suspicious. Sounds like the prosecutors don’t want to retry the case and are cutting their losses. Maybe he had nothing to do with it and everyone lied.
Come on, this guy got to watch a kick ass rodeo twice a year.
it sounds like he was at least involved in casing the shop and pawning the proceeds which makes him guilty of first degree murder.
Otherwise he went there to look for work. Shortly thereafter someone that Ford didn't know coincidentally entered the same shop, robbed the owner, murdered him and then, through a convergance of planets and stars met ford, gave a complete stranger jewelry stolen in the robbery and asked him to pawn it. Hmm...
Around 100 people have been released from Death Row since 1990.
It’s very curious that, afterwards, the real murderer is NEVER identified and brought to trial.
Here in Washington state, every year investigators solve one or two cold case murders.
But no one ever solves the cold case murders where an innocent man was imprisoned, at least not that I’ve heard about, anyway.
Someone else confessed to the crime. It was on my local news station. They didn’t specify whether or not DNA evidence was involved, but they said he would be paid $35,000 for every year incarcerated, up to $250,000, by the State of LA. Not enough for all he’s been through, in my opinion.
Just think of all he’s missed out on. I would not be as kind as he was on TV in the interview. Unbelievable.
For someone to say they are conservative but support capital punishment is to say they think the Government screws up everything it touches.....except the death penalty.
“Yup, that’s the problem, but then, why punish any crime because the perp might be falsely accused?”
Unfortunately it seems that we may have reached the point at which that is a question to be seriously considered. We now have a criminal government at the national level and seem to be developing the same sort of government at state and local levels. We have a united states department of “justice” headed by an arch criminal. We have state and local law enforcement doing incredible things like shooting a one armed, one legged man who is in a wheelchair in a nursing home because he “cornered an officer and threatened him” WITH A BALL POINT PEN IN THE ONE HAND HE HAD LEFT.” That is just one example out of all too many. Maybe the wrong people are on the outside of the bars.
Now it seems that South Carolina lawmakers want to pass a law forbidding umbrellas of any size on the beach! I think I might prefer no law enforcement to the kind of insanity that is becoming so common. The current inclination seems more and more to be to punish the innocent and harmless and ignore the real criminals.
That is a very different thing than 'ceasing punishment for criminals.' This nation was founded upon citizen law enforcement and I'm totally with you there. The key is to deal with liability laws.
“Juries are incompetent too.”
My one experience on a jury resulted in my being made foreman on a jurty trying a civil case. After witnessing the amazing incompetence of most (not all but the majority) of the jury members on that case I trembled at the thought that I might ever face a criminal charge. That was thirty plus years ago and I am sure the situation is far worse now. The only place you are likely to find justice is in the dictionary somewhere between jurisprudence and Jutland.
I don’t know that that makes it first degree murder.
A reliable informant came forward and said the Robinson guy had admitted to shooting the store owner.
I’d say after 35 years, he has paid his price for involvement in trying to sell stolen goods.
The informant says that Jake Robinson, who is right handed, supposedly admitted to shooting the victim while holding the gun in his left hand. Why would be do that?
Ford is left handed and expert testimony showed the shooter was probably left handed. It's just a little too pat.
Did Ford just happen to visit the victim's shop and then the owner was robbed and murdered shortly after and then a man that he didn't know just happened to give him stuff to pawn that just happened to be loot stolen in the robbery?
Maybe but highly unlikely.
If a complete stranger comes up to you on the street and asks you to pawn some valuable merchandise for him I would suggest you decline.
I think the “jury” concept was born hundreds of years ago when people were different than they are now (putting it nicely).
There really should be an IQ test to be on a jury, among other things but I will stop here.
Never know, he might be just a dumb, unlucky guy but...we'll see.