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Wrong Judgment Leads to Reversal on Death Penalty

Below you will find excerpts of the March 25, 2015 Free Press article, Wrong Judgment Leads to Reversal on Death Penalty: 

“Thirty one years ago, A.M. ‘Marty’ Stroud III was a prosecutor in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish.  He was arrogant, narcissistic, judgmental, and full of himself.”

In 1984 he tried “a 65-year-old black man named Glenn Ford […] for murder. When the all-white jury sentenced Ford to death, Stroud and his team went out drinking celebrate.  Meantime, Ford went to Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison.”

“Last year he was set free.  The current district attorney asked  a judge to vacate Fords’ conviction and sentence in the wake of evidence that he was, as he had steadfastly maintained for over 30 years, innocent of the robbery and murder.”

“And Stroud, now a 63-year-old attorney in private practice, also says this: ‘No one should be given the ability to impose a sentence of death in any criminal proceeding.  We are simply incapable of devising a system that can fairly and impartially impose a sentence of death because we are all fallible human beings.”

Stroud describes the death penalty as, “an abomination, […] state-assisted revenge.”

I urge all of you to review Mr. Pitts column, (http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/article16214435.html).  

I would also like to remind you fellow members of our Great State of Minnesota, we have no death penalty here. When I was Chief Public Defender of the Fifth Judicial District, I would talk to other Public Defenders, across this nation.  Many discussed the heavy financial burden that death penalty cases place upon a Public Defender’s office, usually one half of all expenditures for all criminal defense.  Thank God we do not waste money this way. 

I will follow up with a link to the video interview of former prosecutor Marty Stroud, regarding this case.

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