On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill authorizing the state of Florida to pay James Joseph Richardson $1.2 million for having spent more than 20 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his child in Arcadia.
A Senate bill (SB-326) had been introduced 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.
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