originally by: LA Times
published: 11 March 2014
Glenn Ford, one of the nation’s longest-serving prisoners on death row, is scheduled to be freed from a Louisiana prison after he was exonerated of charges that he killed a man in 1983, his lawyers announced.
A Louisiana court on Monday ordered that Ford, an African American who served 30 years on death row, be released after new information exonerated the former yard worker of killing a white man. Ford was expected to be released Tuesday.
[Updated, 5:53 p.m: Ford walked free Tuesday afternoon. Asked how it felt, he told WAFB-TV, “My mind’s going in all kinds of directions but it feels good.” He said he felt some resentment “because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do.”]
“We are very pleased to see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford free,” said Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, attorneys from the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana who represented Ford.