On October 27, 2010, Detective Robert Glenn Ford, the lead detective in the Norfolk Four case who elicited the false confessions from the Navy men, was convicted by a U.S. District Court on two counts of extortion and one count of making false statements to the FBI. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of extortion and up to five years in prison on the count of making false statements.

Press Release from Norfolk Four legal team in response to conviction

New York Times, Nov 5, 2010, “Officer’s Extortion Conviction Prompts Calls For Full Exoneration of Norfolk Four"

Virginian-Pilot, Oct 29, 2010, “EDITORIAL: Cop’s Conviction Taints Other Cases"

Virginian-Pilot, Oct 29, 2010, “Ex-Detective’s Convictions Invite Scrutiny Of Old Cases"

Virginian-Pilot, Oct 28, 2010, “Former Norfolk Detective Convicted Of Extortion"

Grand Jury Indictment

US Attorneys Press Release

Virginian-Pilot, May 11, 2010, “Norfolk ex-detective accused of taking money from suspects"

Associated Press, May 10, 2010, “Retired Va Detective Faces Corruption Charges"

WAVY-TV, May 10, 2010, “Former detective charged with extortion"

Washington Post Blog, May 12, 2010, “Norfolk 4 homicide detective indicted for extortion"

History of Eliciting False Confessions

The Norfolk Four case is not the first time Detective Ford has obtained false confessions.

In the Lafayette Grill case in 1990, he coerced confessions from three teenagers who later had the charges dropped against them when it was determined they could not possibly have been at the crime scene.

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