When wrongfully convicted of killing his own seven children, James Richardson faces the death penalty. However, he is released a whopping 21 years later after he is finally proven innocent. Time Simply Passes is a compelling documentary that unveils Richardson’s story of receiving justice, through a 47-year process.
James is a small town migrant accused of poisoning all of his children. He picked tangerines in 1967 in the town of Arcadia. This captivating story unfolds as Richardson faces a grim future. It’s one that pulls on the heartstrings. It involves the corruptions of both the legal systems on Florida and law enforcement.
It uses footage of documents, newspaper clippings, pictures, and interview videos ranging from the start of the trial, to Richardson now. These components made for a great way to string together all of the events happening through history, and his journey. Because of the sources used, this documentary offers different sides of the story in different perspectives from interviewing people involved in this trial. It takes you on a roller coaster of sentiments. Once you think everything will be alright, something unexpected occurs.
A man’s life is at stake because of tainted evidence and withholding information that is vital to Richardson’s freedom. However, James remains hopeful. It has bittersweet elements, and shows his turnaround even though it takes years and a plethora of obstacles to conquer. Luckily, James receives help from loving hearts, as people fight for his justice. He becomes the first to apply for compensation for victims of wrongful incarceration in the state of Florida.
It was very exciting and intriguing to watch how this story plays out, and that there is hope for James Richardson. Ty Flowers did a phenomenal job with this documentary by exposing Richardson’s life.