February 26, 2015

 

It has been nearly a year since we reported to you the story of Glenn Ford in Louisiana.  In 1984, he was convicted of the robbery and murder of Isidore Rozeman, a jeweler who was shot to death in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It did not take long for police to zero in of Glenn as the main suspect.  Glenn spent the next three decades on death row.  Glenn always insisted he was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.  And during those 30 years, he attempted to convince the courts of it too.  Finally, finally, with the help of the Marshall Project, his conviction was overturned and he was released last March, a free man!

 

Unfortunately, Glenn’s re-entry into the world is not all that he hoped it would be.  Shortly after his release, he was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer, which has spread to his lymph nodes and his bones.  Glenn believes that his cancer was actually first diagnosed by prison doctors over a year before his exoneration.  He was told that cancer enzymes were found in his blood, and, later, that they were gone, without receiving proper treatment.  Glenn is now dealing with chemotherapy and the side effects of chemotherapy.  He has also lost a significant amount of weight.

 

Glenn received some more bad news.  In December, his attorney, in compliance with Louisiana state law, requested that he be monetarily compensated for his time spent in prison to the sum of $330,000.  This procedure is explained in an article by The Marshall Project:

Last December, Ford’s attorneys made a formal request for compensation under a Louisiana law that requires a payout if “the conviction of the petitioner has been reversed or vacated” and if the exoneree requesting compensation “has proven by clear and convincing scientific or other evidence that he is factually innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.” Ford met both standards, his lawyers argued, because the state itself cleared him of the murder charge based upon “credible evidence.” For wrongfully taking away 30 years of their client’s freedom, Ford’s lawyers told the court, Louisiana owes him $330,000.

Louisiana has denied Glenn’s request.  They claim that since Glenn cannot prove he was innocent of any connection to the murder, the state does not  have to compensate him for the time he spent on death row.  After all, Glenn confessed to selling the stolen merchandise from the crime, but only in an attempt to help prove his innocence and point police in the direction of the two likely suspects.

 

Interestingly, when Glenn was first asked about the crime, he told the police the two men he believed committed the crime.  These men were never convicted.  In fact, murder charges against these men were dropped following Glenn’s conviction!

 

Thankfully, Glenn has been given some good news following his release.  Glenn is living in an apartment in New Orleans, paid for by John Thompson, founder of “Resurrection After Exoneration.”  John, like Glenn, is a death row exoneree, a victim of prosecutorial misconduct.  Unlike Glenn, John received a monetary payment from the state, due to him by law.  He took part of that money and founded his organization, which helps men like Glenn - inmates who have been wrongfully convicted - help them start a new life.  Without John, Glenn fears to the think what would have happened to him or where he would be living.

 

Glenn hopes that the issue regarding his payment is soon resolved.  He would like to take his son, his family, on a vacation.  Glenn’s chance to bond with his eight-year-old son was interrupted when he went to prison. He now looks forward to developing the relationship with his son that was wrongfully taken from him.

 

Please pray for Glenn.  Pray that he will be healed and that the Louisiana judge’s reviewing the case will compensate him for the life he lost.

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