Lead Prosecutor On Glenn Ford Case Apologizes


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“It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor,” stated the Huffington Post.

“He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks three decades ago to writing an anguished, open letter of apology after the convicted man was recently declared innocent and set free.”

“I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family,” A.M. Stroud III wrote in a letter published in The Times of Shreveport. “I apologize to the family of Mr. Rozeman for giving them the false hope of some closure.”

Ford is an exonerated prisoner released earlier this month from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving nearly 30 years on death row. Isadore Rozeman was the elderly victim who was killed in a 1983 robbery.

Stroud’s letter was more than just an apology. It was a condemnation of the state’s decision to oppose compensating the now cancer-stricken Ford for three decades lost. It was also a firm statement against capital punishment.

Unfortunately, a Caddo Parish, Louisiana judge ruled on Friday, March 27th, that Ford will not receive state-mandated compensation, states nola.com.

Ford, 65, petitioned the state for wrongful conviction and imprisonment compensation roughly nine months after Louisiana prosecutors filed a motion to vacate his 1984 conviction.

However, First Judicial District Court Judge Katherine Clark Dorroh sided with a challenge to that petition made by the Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office. ┬áIt alleged that Ford failed to meet the law’s “factually innocent” clause. That provision requires petitioners to have not committed the crime for which they were originally convicted as well as “any crime based upon the same set of facts” used in the original conviction.

(Updated article)

Death Row Vietnam Vet With PTSD Executed

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According to 11Alive.com, A Vietnam veteran convicted of killing a deputy from Laurens County, Georgia was executed on Tuesday.

Andrew Brannan died by lethal injection at 8:33 p.m., according to authorities.

Around 7:45 p.m., the United States Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Brannan. Earlier on Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court also denied a request for a stay of execution.

According to CBS News, Brannan was convicted of shooting and killing Deputy Kyle Dinkheller during a 1998 traffic stop. Supporters of the veteran had argued that his life should have been spared because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A clemency hearing held Monday was 66-year-old Andrew Brannan’s last hope for escaping execution. In the end, his defense failed to convince Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles that his death sentence should be commuted to life in prison, based on the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) his defense team says he suffered after his military service in the Vietnam war.

Brannan’s family was “profoundly disappointed,” according to a statement released by the family’s attorneys. While conceding that “[t]he death of Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller was a terrible tragedy,” the statement read, “Executing a 66-year old decorated Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal record who was seriously ill at the time of the crime only compounds the tragedy.”

Unfortunately, anyone who watches the video above will probably have little sympathy for Brannan.

http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2015/01/12/brannan-parole-board-hearing/21663901/