Last March, Glenn Ford, 64, left a maximum security prison in Angola, La., after having spent nearly 26 years on death row. A  judge approved the state’s motion to vacate his murder conviction in the 1983 killing of a jeweler. (WAFB-TV via AP)

Here is a stunning apology delivered in the Shreveport Times by A.M. Stroud III, the lead prosecutor in the 1984 murder trial of Glenn Ford, who received the death penalty for the killing of a Shreveport jeweler. Ford was released from prison last March after the state admitted new evidence proving Ford was not the killer. After pouring out his remorse, Stroud concludes:

“I end with the hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford. But, I am also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it.”

Here’s more of what Stroud had to say in his response to an editorial in the the Times that urged the state not to fight compensation allowed for those wrongfully convicted.

“I speak only for me and no one else. I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family. I apologize to the family of Mr. [Isadore] Rozeman for giving them the false hope of some closure. I apologize to the members of the jury for not having all of the story that should have been disclosed to them.”

We highly recommend reading the whole piece here.

Not many of us do something that leads to a wrongful death sentence, but we all do things we shouldn’t, because we’re human. All too often, we don’t apologize. Apologizing, we seem to think, is an admission of weakness, if not guilt. But what’s so wrong with admitting our humanity?

At Inspired Life, we admire the willingness to apologize, and the bigger the transgression, the more we admire it. We also admire those who manage to find it in themselves to forgive, sometimes even the most heinous acts.  We’ll share more on forgiveness next week.

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