During the last week of this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee, a bill was passed that would compensate James Joseph Richardson, formerly of Arcadia, for 20-plus years he spent wrongfully incarcerated. The bill needs only Gov. Rick Scott’s signature to become law. If enacted into law, the bill could authorize Richardson to collect $1.2 million for the 21 years he spent in prison.
A Senate bill (SB-326) was introduced earlier by Sen. Geraldine Thompson of Orange County, and House Bill 227 was sponsored by Rep. Dave Kerner of Lake Worth. Ultimately the bill was unanimously passed by both the House (116 to 0) and Senate (38 to 0) on May 2. It will become law if Gov. Rick Scott signs it.
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