Hats off to A. M. „Marty“ Stroud, III. There are not many like him in Louisiana, who admit their failures and have grown to go against the tide.
Stroud does know the system from both sides. Directly after graduating law school with honors in 1976, he started his career as law clerk at the U.S. Court of the Western District of Louisiana. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Louisiana and a First Assistant District Attorney in Caddo Parish. Since 1989, Stroud has been in private practice (civil and criminal law).
In 1984, the 33-year old lead assistant district attorney prosecuted Glenn Ford, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2014. Stroud, who had sought the death penalty and celebrated the victory with some rounds of drinks, now describes himself in a letter to the Shreveport Times:
I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.
Marty Stroud does what he can to correct what was done to the innocent, now terminally ill man. He contacted Ford to apologize, he speaks up against capital punishment, apologizes to the victim’s family, the jury and the court. Stroud shows remorse in a video and urges the state to compensate Ford. Unfortunately, the local district court ruled differently on March 27, 2015.
Read how Stroud is connected to Vincent Simmons’ case in the book “Louisiana v. Vincent Simmons: Frame-up in Avoyelles Parish.”
What I have read and seen so far makes more rhan wonder if Vincent Simmons is guilty. At the very least, in the interests of justice for ALL of us, he deserves a retrial. A retrial is essential, given the evidence that has been brought to light, to protecting the freedoms we enjoy in this country, for ALL of us. Retrying this case is the only just solution to the problem of exculpatory evidence that Simmons & his attorneys have brought forward. Dening Simmon’s right to a retrial essentially denies justice to all of us.
Thanks for your supportive comment, Elizabeth Chrissiam!