Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bulletin: Glenn Ford: Louisiana; Preview of Sixty Minutes documentary set for Sunday evening: Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT..CBS.: "Prosecutor laments role in wrongful death row conviction "I was a coward" says former prosecutor, admitting his role in the wrongful conviction of a man who spent 30 years on death row."

"It was 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana, when a local jeweler had been robbed and murdered. Quickly, the prosecutor on the case, Marty Stroud, was convinced he had the man who did it, Glenn Ford. The evidence against Ford was circumstantial. The jury quickly came back with a guilty verdict and sentenced Ford to death. Last year after Ford spent three decades in a maximum-security prison, it was discovered that the state convicted the wrong man. Now, the former prosecutor in the case confesses to his role in sending the wrong man to death row. Bill Whitaker reports on this tragic miscarriage of justice on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT...Dale Cox, the current acting district attorney of Caddo Parish, said he did his job. "I got him out of jail as quickly as I could. That's what the obligation of the state is," he tells Whitaker. He agrees that what happened to Ford is not fair, but maintains it was not illegal. "I'm not in the compassion business, none of us as prosecutors or defense lawyers are in the compassion business. I think the ministry is in the compassion business. We're in the legal business," says Cox."