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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should Florida compensate a wrongly convicted man who spent 21 years in prison?
A bill in Tallahassee is trying to right a big wrong.
James Richardson was a fruit picker in Desoto County who was wrongly convicted in 1968 of the poisoning deaths of his seven children.
He spent 21 years in prison, five of them on death row, before he was freed through a special state investigation.
The investigation made clear that Richardson would not have been convicted and sentenced if an adequate investigation had been conducted... and was probably wrongfully accused.
The investigation also found evidence of perjury and police brutality.
Efforts by Richardson and his attorneys to obtain compensation from the state have been fruitless.
Florida passed a law in 2008 that awards $50,000 for each year someone wrongly convicted spent in prison, but the law requires proof of innocence.
But witnesses and evidence are long gone in Richardson's case.
Some state lawmakers are now working to change the law to include compensation for Richardson.
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