Arcadia fruit picker James Richardson was convicted of poisoning his seven children in 1968 after the local sheriff and prosecutor conspired against him. He served 21 years in prison until hidden evidence came to light and he was released. Richardson then spent 25 years attempting to obtain compensation from the state of Florida for wrongful incarceration.
His story is chronicled in a documentary called “Time Simply Passes,” which is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. More than 100 people recently saw the film and talked with director Ty Flowers at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg.
– Katherine Snow Smith, B2 Communications