Exonerated Man to Prosecutor: “I Can’t Forgive You”

Exonerated Man to Prosecutor: “I Can’t Forgive You”
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by Yvette Carnell

About a week ago CNN’s Anderson Cooper discussed with Walter’s Scott’s family a topic that has become all too common among black victims and their families–forgiveness.

After black teen Jordan Davis was gunned down by Michael Dunn, a CNN anchor also asked the slain teen’s parents about their plans to forgive their son’s killer. Jordan’s father was honest in his answer: No. Still, the pressure is usually on black victims to forgive, as opposed to pressuring their assailants to be worthy of forgiveness.

One exonerated inmate who spent most of his life behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit has no plans to forgive the prosecutor who ruined his life.

Glenn Ford spent 30 years on death row after being convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. Ford’s story is made all the more tragic by the recent revelation that he has stage 4 lung cancer and isn’t expected to survive past six months.

So, when the man who put him behind bars, former prosecutor Marty Stroud, came to visit Ford, the exonerated man made it clear that he wasn’t in a forgiving mood.

“I want you to know that I am very sorry,” Stroud said during a tense meeting. “It’s a stain on me that will be with me until I go to my grave.”

Ford said Stroud’s words aren’t worth much now.

“Right,” Ford, who was too weak to stand, shot back, without even looking up at Stroud. “But it still cost me 31 years of my life and then nothing at the end but death because they give me from six to eight months to live.”

“I’m sorry,” Ford added. “I can’t forgive you.”

 

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MauriceDMuhammad
MauriceDMuhammad

We should never forgive them, they are unworthy..... Truth has come to you~

TariqWilliams
TariqWilliams

Only a completely sick privileged class mentality could even consider thinking he/she could/would be forgiven by someone who he/she railroaded into to prison for thirty years for a crime they didn't commit. It just shows how truly sick and evil many, many of these humanoids are

BradLee1
BradLee1

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FORGIVENESS!

WE ARE ONE!

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

This was not a forgiveness moment.  This is a KODAK moment.  Who brought the cameras?

AnthonyAllen
AnthonyAllen

I applaud that man. Why would any one in their right man forgive an enemy for stealing their life. Screw that prosecutor his family and all who think like him. Only a mental slave would forgive his oppressor .

jillabuss
jillabuss

I applaud Mr. Ford for his decision. Americans of African Heritage have been brainwashed into believing that this is an act of godliness. Whose god? The false god they have been brainwashed to believe and accept as their own? The SYRIAN god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? The god that has never delivered them from the suffering and abuse that has been bestowed upon them for centuries? Forgiveness is a fallacy created by Satan to absolve him of his sins. Never forgive a person for doing what they already know is wrong.

ELJIR
ELJIR

Damn real talk!

AMAC7210
AMAC7210

Typical another Caucasoid asking a Black person for forgiveness in order to clear their conscious.. I applaud Mr. Ford for not accepting his apology.. This man was on death row while his ass was taking vacation, attending graduations. wedding, receiving awards etc. We have to STOP being suckers... I find it amazing  how some people have forgotten slavery, lynching, rapes, family being torn apart just to name a few things that the Caucasoid inflicted on the Black man. I remember Clinton making a BS apology on behalf of the Caucasoid but he never mention any type of reparations but they will apologize, provide reparations and financial resources to the Jews for something that happen in Europe. I hope the guilt kicks his azz while he is still on the earth..


HoTep!!!

TariqWilliams
TariqWilliams

@AMAC7210  We can forget about any guilt kicking this prosecutor in the azz because many, many of these people don't have a conscience, a soul and their hearts are ugly and stone cold. Many, many of these humanoids are the spawn of the devil and inherently evil beings, they cant help it they were born that way.

LeonGilbert
LeonGilbert

I never heard of a prosecuter going to meet someone in person and asking for their forgiveness. That is amazing to me, I have to believe he is sincere in his need to be forgiven- in relation to the number of prosecuters who have destroyed the lives of countless numbers of people, I know there is a very small number of prosecuters who did this, this was a great opportunity to have this record for all mankind; forgiveness sought and forgiveness granted. We can't live in a world without forgiveness, forgiveness is one of the footsteps to a new day of change here on earth among the oppressed and the oppressors, there is no other option for us, we only have this one planet and it is growing smaller with each new day. We need to find a way to live in harmony here, I can't see how we can find peace here on earth with one another without forgiving one another. 


This is what I learned from Islam. This is the choice that Allah has given me with knowledge of Him within the scope of His Mercy and Forgiveness. May Allah give us an incline in our endeavors of evolution on the path of humanity so one day we can be one people, one nation under God. 


Ameen 

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@LeonGilbert 

Please explains Islam's eye for an eye and the fake sharia law that penalizes women for rape and not the man for his transgressions and why the oppression of women and girls.

Only4him330
Only4him330

@queenofmeanest @LeonGilbert "The person who cannot forgive burns the bridge over which he himself must cross" Whether you believe in Christ or not you need His forgiveness. 

The Bible says if you do not forgive men God will not forgive you. Admittedly so, many have misused this truth to give license to their evilness and to trick the masses into giving them a green light to anything and everything they do so long as an apology is offered afterwards. 

Justice and restitution must be made for every infraction if possible but even if it isn't, un-forgiveness will only ever be poison in your heart. (perhaps the prosecutor ought to have been more genuine. instead of trying to "do it for the vine" he should have just met the man alone and personally repented with tears and contrition. or waited, the wound is still very fresh. Often times forgiveness is a process.

The problem is that after we forgive someone we expect a snake to no longer be a snake... If i am bit by a snake i can forgive without allowing myself to be bit again and again. 

please receive this Queen, Forgiveness is for you... not just them.

TariqWilliams
TariqWilliams

@Only4him330 @queenofmeanest @LeonGilbert  even if you know not to allow the snake to bite you again why forgive it when it is his evil nature to bite people if not you then someone else? Evil must be destroyed not forgiven people can make peace with their GOD without telling someone the you are not upset with them for destroying you life.

AMAC7210
AMAC7210

Brutha Tariq, I TOTALLY agree with your response .WELL SAID

jillabuss
jillabuss

@queenofmeanest @Only4him330 @LeonGilbert  You only need yourself to move on. This man has accepted his fate. That which was stolen from him can never be replaced. Even if it could he will never be able to enjoy it. That prosecutor must live in his own personal hell until he dies.

Dlaydi4u
Dlaydi4u

@queenofmeanest @LeonGilbert , please explain gods law of an eye for an eye, and god's law that penalizes women for rape. It's the same thing.  The christian oppresses women. 

Dlaydi4u
Dlaydi4u

@LeonGilbert , how do you know it's just a small amount? The great opportunity was to not lie on a man, to further your career., when many others were.  Black people have been forgiving white people forever, and we still don't have peace. 

queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@LeonGilbert 

What pisses me off is that this man knew all along Mr. Ford was innocent and he let the guilty party get away.  What makes me more angrier is that you are excusing this inexcusable illegal behavior with Islam.  

THERE IS NO REASONABLE LOGICAL EXCUSE FOR STEALING THIS MAN'S LIFE. ISLAM, XTIAN, JUDAISM, OR WHATEVER RELIGION IS THE FLAVOR OF THE MINUTE.

My parents taught me the eye for an eye. My mother always said an "Eye for and Eye, Tooth for a Tooth."  You yell at my cat I'll shoot your mama.

When she said that people backed off.

Only4him330
Only4him330

@queenofmeanest @Only4him330 @LeonGilbert Sister, i wouldn't insult my brother by assuming i understand his suffering. what he's endured is wicked and unconscionable. I never said, dont be angry, i never said, forgiveness was easy, all i meant to say is forgiveness doesnt just set "them" free it sets "you" free as well. He can still be in prison... bars or not.


queenofmeanest
queenofmeanest

@TariqWilliams @Only4him330 @queenofmeanest @LeonGilbert 

Excuse me, but you must have mistaken me for a dumb Christian.  I do not care if people like this criminal prosecutor makes peace with his G'd or not.

Let's see how you fare if you lose years of your life away from loved ones due to a crime "YOU" did not commit.  Let's see how your attitude will change.

MaryNeal
MaryNeal

@Only4him330 Hear "Forgiveness Not Required," archived at Blogtalkradio 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2015/07/13/marylovesjustice-prayer-meeting-july-12-2015-forgiveness-not-required > Join us for Part 2 on Sunday, July 19 at 9pmPST at the MaryLovesJustice Prayer Meeting on Blogtalkradio. You have been taught in error that the bible requires unconditional forgiveness of Christians, but that is not true. Jesus said we are to watch ourselves. If our brother repents and asks for forgiveness, then forgive him (Luke 17:3). The question is, who is our brother? Jesus explained that people who do the will of His Father are His family members. God's will is love. People who do not walk in love and treat people with love are NOT in God's will or His family. You are under no obligation to forgive them. God cannot require unconditional love, because He hated Esau for being a damn sell-out (Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:13). Christian martyrs in heaven have not forgiven their murderers. They cry out for vengeance, and God does not chastise them for hating people who killed them. Instead, He promises to avenge them (Revelation 6:9-11). If God's forgiveness were automatic, then nobody would go to hell. But the bible you claim to believe in says that all unrepentant sinners will be condemned to hell. The false doctrine of unconditional forgiveness is taught to keep Christians subdued rather than resisting evil (James 4:7).

AnthonyAllen
AnthonyAllen

You christians forgot one thing. It aint real .

LeonGilbert
LeonGilbert

If someone ask me for forgiveness I feel compelled to forgive them- I want God to forgive me and I think that if I can forgive others maybe God will in turn forgive me for one small evil thing that I did. 

LeonGilbert
LeonGilbert

Very tragic but I would like to add that forgiveness is not for humanity, ultimately we direct our forgiveness towards God and expect forgiveness from God and if we are not wiling to forgive one another we cannot expect forgiveness from God. I sincerely hope and pray that you seek Allah now, I don't want to feed into the diagnoise of death that the doctors have given you because only God knows when we will die. But I would ask you to still seek out Allah in hopes that Allah can heal your heart brother; a heart without forgiveness is a broken heart in deed. I will pray for you. May Allah heal you and all of us. Ameen. 

GeneShowers
GeneShowers

Thank you Mr Scott. How could he ask you for forgiveness? It hurts to know that you are not the only Black (men and women ) that have been and still are caged because of bigotry in this country.Once again, THANK YOU.

hiroader2
hiroader2

30 years and projected 6 months to live..., Pure audacity...

arduousdiva
arduousdiva

@LeonGilbert I think you are trivializing this man's experience by believing that 30 years of whatever he endured in jail should have humbled him to have "learned that life is to precious to waste on throwing it away in this way". That doesn't even make a little bit of sense.  His life is over.  What don't you get about this?  All the precious life outside of 6-8 months of probably being in pain and total discomfort is OVER.  It's great that you THINK you would be willing to forgive someone from taking over 30 years of your life away for a crime you didn't commit, causing you to endure God knows what, miss out on any opportunity to spend with family, and find out your dying with only 6-8 months left to live once you are finally exonerated. That prosecutor...He saw his family at his leisure, for thirty years, he experienced the freedoms that every American and person on this earth who is law abiding should experience, he got to go to a physician of his choice, eat when where and how he wanted.  Forgiveness? I don't think that I could have stood in the same room with him, much less forgive him. JM2C...

ELJIR
ELJIR

This is the true and real amerikkka, welcome.