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    Posted: Mar 13 2014 at 11:06am

Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner walks free after 30 years

By Dana Ford, CNN
updated 9:23 AM EDT, Wed March 12, 2014

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CNN) -- 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.



One reporter asked whether he harbors any resentment.

"Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do," said Ford, who wore a denim shirt, a hat and dark-rimmed glasses.

"Thirty years of my life, if not all of it," he said, WAFB reported. "I can't go back."

According to the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, a judge ordered that Ford be freed Monday after prosecutors petitioned the court to release him.

New information corroborated what Ford had said all along: that he was not present at nor involved in the November 5, 1983, slaying of Isadore Rozeman, the project said.

"We are very pleased to see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford free," said Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, Ford's attorneys.

They have argued his trial was compromised by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence and by inexperienced counsel.

Ford had been on death row since 1984, making him one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States.

"After 30 years, Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner will get his freedom soon," Amnesty International USA senior campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris said in a statement shortly before his release.

"Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. We are moved that Mr. Ford, an African-American man convicted by an all-white jury, will be able to leave death row a survivor."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/11/us/louisiana-glenn-ford-freed/
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So this man was in prison longer than I've been alive. That's f*cked up. I don't see how they can sentd someone to prison without evidence. When I was little I thought that was just something that didn't happen.
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---The law calls for payments of $25,000 per year of wrongful incarceration up to a maximum of $250,000, plus another $80,000 for loss of "life opportunities."
 
 
so after 30 all he gets is $330,000....some straight up bullsh*t, imho.
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He's Black? I am shocked!!! Shocked I tell ya!
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Originally posted by fckwitmeuknoigotit fckwitmeuknoigotit wrote:

---The law calls for payments of $25,000 per year of wrongful incarceration up to a maximum of $250,000, plus another $80,000 for loss of "life opportunities."
 
 
so after 30 all he gets is $330,000....some straight up bullsh*t, imho.


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id might have to kill somebody just so my time served wont be in vain
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30 years!
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He needs to sue for hundreds of millions. If not that then he needs to give whoever sent him to prison a new reason to send him back, Lord forgive me.
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That's seriously messed up!!!!! There is no money in the world that would make up for losing 30 years of my life.
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He needs at least 2 mil. At least! And served at Angola too? Lawd
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Tom Joyner was talking about this yesterday. He and Jay said the man will have a strong case of the "what's that?"

What's that? A microwave it heats your food real fast
What's that? A toaster oven
Where's the back of the television? It's called a flat screen
Do we still have tape players? No we use an IPod it's got about 4,000 songs on it.
How do you get the songs out? You shake it


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