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Innocent Man on Death Row for 30 Years Died Hours Before Judge Cited Him

© Flickr / ScottAn innocent man freed last year after 30 years on death row in Louisiana dies.
An innocent man freed last year after 30 years on death row in Louisiana dies. - Sputnik International
The innocent man, who spent 30 years on death row, died of cancer only eight hours before Supreme Court Justice cited his case in a dissenting opinion arguing that the death penalty was unfair and unreliable and may be unconstitutional.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Glenn Ford, an innocent man freed last year after 30 years on death row in Louisiana, died of lung cancer on Monday, as reported by media outlets.

According to Ford’s attorney William Most, he was the longest-serving death row inmate in the United States at the time of his release.

“[All] Glenn received for his nearly thirty years on death row was $20 for a bus ride home from prison. Shortly after his release, Glenn was diagnosed with lung cancer.”

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“The state [of Louisiana] has so far denied Glenn’s petition under [its] wrongful conviction compensation statute,” Most noted in his statement.

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In the 15 months from his release to his death, Ford filed lawsuits maintaining he had been wrongfully imprisoned and that he was denied necessary medical care after indications had already appeared that he was suffering from cancer, according to media.

Ford had been sentenced to death for allegedly killing a watchmaker who ran a jewelry store.

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