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Black Teen sentenced to LIFE WITHOUT TRIAL - Pardoned by La. Governor Edwards
Some say “justice is blind”, but Book Author Forest C. Martin, Sr. might ask the question “Blind to what?” Imagine a teenager, sentenced to LIFE WITHOUT A TRIAL, having to serve nearly a decade in a max security prison
In the summer of 1973, Martin was on the path to graduating high school, and going to college, possibly enjoying the career of a professional athlete someday. Instead, on the day of his high school graduation, Martin was being badly beaten in the Baton Rouge Parish Prison barracks by five inmates! Yes, Martin was in prison! But how did he get there? What happened?
The course of Martin's life would change with one mistake; he would make one decision that would prove to be a very costly decision.
Attempting to diffuse a volatile situation, he failed and instead became entangled in a violent crime leading to a prison sentence for murder. He would, without the benefit of trial or plea of guilty, be sentenced to Life in Prison in one of the country's most violent penitentiaries, Angola.
But fate would deal Martin a 2nd chance at life and justice. After serving as butler to then Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, Martin would be granted a Governor's pardon.
He would go on to overcome the darkness of his past.
Now, as a college graduate, husband and father, Martin seeks to inspire all who will read his book, and listen to his story, to face their life's seemingly insurmountable obstacles, head up and eyes looking forward with courage and optimism. After surviving an injustice no man should have to suffer, Martin has a new definition of "justice".