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Former prosecutor of exonerated Louisiana death row inmate pens open letter of apology

  • In a March 19, 2015 photo, A.M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor and lead attorney in the Glenn Ford case, sits for an interview with The Times of Shreveport in his Shreveport, La., office. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in the paper. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM;  NO SALES

    In a March 19, 2015 photo, A.M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor and lead attorney in the Glenn Ford case, sits for an interview with The Times of Shreveport in his Shreveport, La., office. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in the paper. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Feb. 27, 2015 photo, Glenn Ford poses at his home in New Orleans. Ford is the exonerated prisoner released earlier this month from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving just shy of 30 years on Death Row. Former prosecutor A.M. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in The Times of Shreveport. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

    In this Feb. 27, 2015 photo, Glenn Ford poses at his home in New Orleans. Ford is the exonerated prisoner released earlier this month from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving just shy of 30 years on Death Row. Former prosecutor A.M. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in The Times of Shreveport. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)  (The Associated Press)

  • In a March 19, 2015 photo, A.M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor and lead attorney in the Glenn Ford case, sits for an interview with The Times of Shreveport in his Shreveport, La., office. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in the paper. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM;  NO SALES

    In a March 19, 2015 photo, A.M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor and lead attorney in the Glenn Ford case, sits for an interview with The Times of Shreveport in his Shreveport, La., office. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in the paper. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

A former northwest Louisiana prosecutor says he began having nagging doubts many years ago about the fairness of the trial in a death penalty case he successfully handled in 1984.

It was the case against Glenn Ford, who spent three decades on death row for a Shreveport murder before he was exonerated and released from prison earlier this month.

Former prosecutor A.M. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in The Times of Shreveport.

Stroud said Tuesday he's overwhelmed by the resulting media attention. He now firmly opposes capital punishment, in part, because cases like Ford's prove it cannot be administered fairly — or with a guarantee that people won't be executed for crimes they didn't commit.