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Time Simply Passes

This 2015 documentary relates the harrowing saga of James Richardson, a Florida fruit picker who was convicted in 1967 of having poisoned his seven children but then exonerated for the crime 21 years later. Director Ty Flowers details how the local sheriff and prosecutor conspired to frame Richardson for the sake of expediency and with little expectation that their word would ever be questioned. The film shows how slow U.S. courts have been to correct miscarriages of justice caused by institutional racism: even after Richardson was freed, he waited another 25 years before being compensated for his wrongful conviction. The few glimmers of hope here come from those who have aided him over the years, but in the end we're left with the image of an 80-year-old man in failing health whose life was ruined for no good reason.


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