Think Progress: Black Man Sentenced To Death By All-White Jury Freed From Louisiana Prison After 30 Years.

Happy to know this, but sad too — if only the truth set everyone free. (sigh)

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By Jueseppi B.

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BY NICOLE FLATOW & THINK PROGRESS:

Black Man Sentenced To Death By All-White Jury Freed From Louisiana Prison After 30 Years

Glenn Ford was Louisiana’s longest-serving death row inmate until Tuesday, when he walked free after 30 years behind bars in a notorious maximum security prison. For three decades, he had maintained he didn’t commit the murder of which he was accused and wasn’t present at the time it occurred.

Ford, an African American man, first became a suspect in the murder of Isadore Rozeman, a jeweler and watchmaker for whom Ford occasionally did some yard work, when the girlfriend of a fellow suspect implicated Ford in the murder. Later testifying at his trial, she stated that she “lied about all of it.”

Ford was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury on testimony that the shooter was probably left-handed, that there…

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Posted on 03/12/2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. “Ford’s exoneration brings the tally of death row inmates cleared of all charges to 144 nationally and 10 in Louisiana since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in 1973, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Last October, a man was released just days before his death, also from Louisiana’s Angola prison, after spending decades in solitary confinement for a false conviction in a racially charged murder case.”

    And how in the hell can any person be judged by 12 folks who are definitely not ‘his peers’.

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    • mindyme,
      You raise a good point. Jurors can and are often biased. When there is no diversity on juries, we see that prejudices can and often do paint what they hear and see at trial. I say “prejudices” because there’s a good chance that people do not have experiences of knowing any minorities on a personal level to know just how they feel and what they believe concerning “those people.”

      Remember Juror B37 in Zimmerman’s trial felt that she knew what Trayvon thought. That is beyond racial prejudice. It conveys that she feels so superior that she can say what a deceased victim thought because he matched the racial profile of people who Zimmerman was “frustrated” about being in the neighborhood.

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  2. I read this earlier in the news this morning. I did not know if I should weep with joy for this man or shake with anger that it ever happened to begin with. So I did both. How do they call what we have a “justice system?”

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    • Rachael,
      I know how you feel. The thought of losing even a week of your life for being wrongfully convicted is hard, much less being placed on death row. Without working and contributing to social security, what is this man suppose to do for retirement income? I hope he obtains a good attorney.

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      • All the money in the world will not give back what was taken from him. I am not able to elaborate right now, as I’m working, but this whole thing makes me feel ill – and how many other Glenn Fords are there? Though even one is too many.

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        • I read the article this morning and felt the same way you did, Rachael.

          and how many other Glenn Fords are there?

          Sadly, there have to be more. My heart aches for those people who have been wrongfully convicted.

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  3. This makes me so ill.Yall are right….how many are out there? One reason this story made me so sad is because he was put on Death Row by WHITE JURORS for 30 YEARS,comes out & it is the SAME SHIT!! He will see the fall out of Trayvon which in my mind started a domino effect of lets see how many black kids we can kill & get away with it(Jordan).He is going to see that not a damn thing has changed….it hasn’t.I wish I was able to travel because this white woman here would love to give him a hug.

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