To forgive is not always easy because somehow, it carries a guarantee that everything is okay, and that it comes with a commitment that you’re willing to let go of the pain. And sometimes, it’s not always doable.
Meet Glenn Ford, an inmate who spent 30 years on death row after a wrongful conviction by an all-white jury. This story is one of the longest waits for exoneration in US history.
Ford was sentenced to death by lead prosecutor Attorney Marty Stroud in December 1984 for the murder of Isadore Rozeman, a white man who owns a jewelry and repair shop in Shreveport. According to Ford’s lawyers, the evidence proving his innocence was suppressed, including his whereabouts and the murder weapon.
When the case was re-opened, the conviction was nullified when the state admitted new evidence that proved the Ford wasn’t the killer, and that he wasn’t even present at the murder scene. He was released from the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana on March 11, 2014.
But, spending 30 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit is not the worst part of the story. Shortly after his release, Ford was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer with only 6-8 months to live.
This video also includes the apology made by Stroud when he took full responsibility of how Ford’s case was handled.
Check out the clip to see how Ford painfully responded to the man whose wrongful conviction cost him 31 years of his life.
This story is a call for the authorities to always keep the balance in the scales of justice. If you were in Ford’s position, would you be able to forgive Stroud? Share with us your thoughts.