More than four decades ago James Richardson was convicted of poisoning and killing his seven children.
Richardson initially received the death penalty, but it was lessened to life in prison. The sentence was overturned in 1989 because of misconduct by prosecutors and witnesses lying during his trial. But Richardson could not be compensated under state law because he couldn’t prove his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s an issue central to the case, says Democratic Senator Darren Soto: