SARASOTA, Fla. -- A judge has ruled that a Florida man who was wrongly incarcerated for 20 years won't receive compensation from the state.
Administrative Law Judge Linda M. Rigot said James Joseph Richardson had to prove he did not poison his seven children with pesticide, a crime he was convicted of in 1967. She said Richardson's attorney had to establish "actual innocence."
Richardson was freed after 20 years in prison after problems with the case surfaced. He was seeking $1 million from the state.