Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bulletin: Glenn Ford; Freed after spending almost 26 years on death row; His lawyers say unconstitutionally suppressed evidence included a suppressed police report relating to the time of the crime, and evidence of the murder weapon, which implicated the true perpetrator;

STORY: "Associated Press Breaking News: Louisiana death row inmate released from prison, published on March 11, 2014.

GIST:  "A Caddo Parish man walked free Tuesday after spending almost 26 years on death row at Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola. Glenn Ford, now 64, had been on death row since Aug. 23, 1988, for the 1983 murder of 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweler and watchmaker for whom Ford did occasional yard work. Ford has always denied killing Rozeman.........A district judge on Monday approved the state's motion to vacate Ford's 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's trial was "profoundly compromised by inexperienced counsel and by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence, including information from an informant, a suppressed police report related to the time of the crime, and evidence of the murder weapon, which implicated the true perpetrator," they said."

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See BBC story: The family of the murder victim have also welcomed his release, US media has reported. The many flaws in the case against Mr Ford have been listed by the US press:
  • No murder weapon was ever found and there were no eyewitnesses to the crime
  • Mr Ford was initially implicated in the killing by a woman who later testified she had lied
  • Mr Ford's original court-appointed lawyers had never tried a murder case
  • Mr Ford, a black man, was convicted by an all-white jury who recommended the death sentence

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