Last night, 60 Minutes featured an absolutely riveting story about Glenn Ford, an inmate that spent nearly 30 years on death row at the famously-horrific Angola Prison. The story featured two prosecutors: the man that sent Ford away and the current DA for Caddo Parrish, Louisiana. The current prosecutor, a real piece of work named Dale Cox, made several statements that should have both defense attorneys and prosecutors up in arms.
First, he said that attorneys in the criminal justice system aren't in "the compassion business."
Dale Cox: I'm not in the compassion business, none of us as prosecutors or defense lawyers are in the compassion business. I think the ministry is in the compassion business. We're in the legal business. So to suggest that somehow what has happened to Glenn Ford is abhorrent, yes, it's unfair. But it's not illegal. And it's not even immoral. It just doesn't fit your perception of fairness.
Second, he opined that justice delayed is not justice denied:
Dale Cox: I don't know what it is he's apologizing for. I think he's wrong in that the system did not fail Mr. Ford.Bill Whitaker: It did not?
Dale Cox: It did not...in fact...
Bill Whitaker: How can you say that?
Dale Cox: Because he's not on death row. And that's how I can say it.
Bill Whitaker: Getting out of prison after 30 years is justice?
Dale Cox: Well, it's better than dying there and it's better than being executed----
Sadly, Glenn Ford died of lung cancer shortly after leaving death row.
Here's the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/30-years-on-death-row-exoneration-60-minutes/
The best stories you'll want to know about from Tennessee and around the country.
Certifications of Specialization are available to Tennessee lawyers in all areas of practice relating to or included in the areas of Accounting Malpractice, Business Bankruptcy, Civil Trial, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Criminal Trial, DUI Defense Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, and Social Security Law. Listing of related or included practice areas herein does not constitute or imply a representation of certification of specialization.