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In December 2015, I interviewed, in his office in Shreveport, Louisiana, A. Martin Stroud III, the former Chief Assistant District Attorney of Caddo Parish for a book I was then writing on injustice (Broken Scales: Reflections On Injustice, ABA Publ. 2016). The reason? In 1984, Stroud had prosecuted and convicted before an all-white jury one Glenn Ford, a black man represented by court-appointed lawyers with zero criminal experience, for the murder of a local jeweler. Ford was sentenced to death and sat on death row at Angola—the worst of the worst—for 30 years, all along maintaining his innocence.

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