*To say Glenn Ford of Louisiana is one happy man would be an understatement. After all, once you come down from the high of being free after 26 years of incarceration, can you truly not be pissed about being wrongfully accused in the first place?
Let’s face it: There will always be only one Madiba.
And we won’t even talk about all the stuff your 64-year-old self can’t do, because of lost life opportunities you probably had in your 30s, 40s and even 50s.
Here ya go, will $330,000.00 help soften the blow? It was August 1988 when Glen Ford was sentenced to death row in connection with the killing of 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweler and watchmaker he had done occasional yard work for.
From day one, Ford denied killing the man.
And on Tuesday, he walked out of the maximum security prison at Angola, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for Louisiana’s Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Asked by news reporters as he walked away from the prison gates how he feels, Ford told WAFB-TV, “It feels good; my mind is going in all kind of directions. It feels good.”
Ford told the media that he harbors some resentment at being wrongly jailed: “Yeah, cause, I’ve been locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do.”
“I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40 stuff like that,” he added.
Ford was set free when State District Judge Ramona Emanuel voided his 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.
Ford was tried and convicted of first-degree murder in 1984 and sentenced to death.
Apparently, it was revealed that his trial had been “profoundly compromised by inexperienced counsel and by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence, including information from an informant.”
Should Glenn Ford get the $330K, it would be based on a Louisiana law that calls for payments of $25,000 per year of wrongful incarceration up to a maximum of $250,000, plus up to $80,000 for loss of “life opportunities.”
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