Israel ended its brief suspension of relations with Pat Robertson after the controversial religious broadcaster apologized for suggesting that Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for Israel’s withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.
Robertson has been heading an evangelical group planning to raise $50 million for a Christian park by the Sea of Galilee on land provided by the Israeli government. Israel said it would not deal with Robertson after he made the remarks—widely assailed by U.S. evangelical leaders—about Sharon on his 700 Club program.
The broadcaster later sent a letter to Sharon’s son Omri apologizing for the comments, which he called “insensitive.” After hearing of Robertson’s apology, Israeli’s tourism ministry reversed itself.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).