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  • Summary

  • State of Florida vs. Krishna Maharaj is an investigative journey that spans 30 years in the American justice system, beginning when a British-Trinidadian businessman was arrested for a grisly double murder in 1980s Miami. 

    The story explores police corruption, judicial abuses of power and features a trail of international players that leads all the way to the doorstep of notorious drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar. Maharaj’s epic and ongoing struggle demonstrates how it takes just minutes to brand an innocent person as a murderer, but can take decades to right that injustice. This is a story that will make you question everything. 

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  • Nov 25 2021

    A grisly double-murder at the height of the 1980s Miami Drug Wars.

    By the time the sun sets on South Beach on the day of the murders, an eyewitness comes forward, and Miami police detectives arrest Krishna Maharaj, an importer and real estate speculator with no criminal history.

    But could the case be as open and shut as it seems? 

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    47 mins
  • Nov 25 2021

    Seven years into Krishna Maharaj’s stint on death row, a human rights lawyer named Clive Stafford Smith takes on Krishna’s case. He begins with a deep dive into the case documents, where he unearths several pieces of troubling evidence that never made it into Krishna’s original trial. 

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  • Nov 25 2021

    Clive’s evidence begins to paint an extraordinary story, but the glacial pace and restrictive rules of the appellate process challenge the path to freedom for Krishna, and his wife, Marita. But as the evidence of Krishna's innocence grows increasingly stronger with each new discovery, their resolve only deepens. 

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Outrageous story!

Was searching in true crime and saw the reviews. Knew nothing about this story and now after listening I need more answers. It is outrageous. Honestly could not stop listening. Hosts do a great job and the music brings you in. Hopefully gets attention for this poor man:(

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  • 12-26-21

Amazing!

Gripping and exciting! Great story telling! Very well produced content! Looking forward to more episodes!

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Riveting

This must-hear story is an emotionally charged rollercoaster—simultaneously hopeful and frustrating. Podcasts like Abuse of Power bring you into a world of corruption where you find yourself rooting for justice. Well done. Can’t wait for next season!

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Super informative

Kept me listening for hours. MUST LISTEN! Narration is extremely clear and well written, easy to listen to.

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Amazing Podcast - I was hooked in the first few minutes

Abuse of Power grabs you from the moment you start listening. The story is very intriguing and provoked deep thought for myself. I’m a big fan of the writers style & I highly recommend giving at least 10 minutes to listen, you’ll be hooked.

Well done & highly recommend!

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A must listen true crime podcast

Amazing series and compelling from episode 1 on. If you’re into true crime podcasts, this is a must listen. Tons of plot twists and the hosts did a great job leading the narrative. Hope there will be more seasons!

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What a listen, wow!

I’ve been a huge true crime fan since Serial and this podcast was so good. The story hooked me and then the music and intensity of it all is so well done.

I can’t believe how Kris has been treated by our legal system. I mean I’m no expert, but I’m heartbroken that he is still in prison. I hope this gets the attention he deserves and it also makes me wonder how many other stories like this are out there. Please give me more of this and get the word out!

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Incredible

Wow, can’t believe how intense this story is and how enthralled I was with this podcast. A story that everyone should listen to. Hoping for more seasons of Abuse of Power! Producers really outdid themselves with this one. Can’t wait to hear more of their work.

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Incredible Story & Addicting Series

A friend recommended I check out this podcast for our long drive home during the holidays. I couldn't recommend it more as season 2's story of Krishna Maharaj is an incredible documentation of injustice that everyone needs to hear. The podcast did a great job of telling a complicated narrative over the course 6 episodes about a man who's been locked up for over 30 years for something that in my opinion he didn't do. Not only is the story of a man who got mixed up with the wrong people during a wild time in Miami's history crazy, but I came away educated on how terrible and honestly scary the appellate court process is in our country.

Overall I loved everything about this series and hope Krishna gets the justice he, his family, and those that have fought to tell his story deserve.

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Captivating and chilling

An incredible story with unforgettable characters and twists and turns. The production value and story combined for an awesome listen. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-28-21

USA gets it wrong AGAIN

I just couldn't believe that they did not get the
justice that is deserved. I'm still in shock, there must be corruption to the core going on here. This needs to be picked up by a reputable film company and told to he world.

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  • 12-03-21

This left me so angry.

Compelling listening. A terrifying account of how broken the US legal system is and the peril of being wrongly accused of a capital crime in America. The story is about what I am pursuaded is a certain miscarriage of justice but what should be on trial here are the US judiciary and the system they nourish. After 30 years I can't help thinking that there are just too many people who would be in serious trouble for them EVER to admit they made a mistake. I was so frustrated by the end I wanted to scream. Instead I went and made a donation to Reprieve. I don't think anything short of a Presidential pardon can save Kris Mahraj now.

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  • MIKIE DREW
  • 12-14-21

THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM NEEDS A SERIOUS OVERHAUL

YOUR SYSTEM CAN BE BARBARIC AT TIMES IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE GUILTY IN PRISON AND INNOCENT AT HOME WITH LOVED ONES FAMILY FRIENDS AND A GERMAN SHEPARD PUPPY PLEASE ASK PRESIDENT BIDEN TO PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR KRIS AND ALSO TO OVERHAUL (WELL MAKE A START)ON IT HE IS THE ONE THAT CAN MAKE A START ON IT MY HEART LIKE SO MANY OTHERS AFTER LISTENING TO THIS SAD UNFAIR AND INJUSTICE IS ACHING AND BREAKING WARMEST REGARDS MIKIE OF NORTHOLT MIDDLESEX UB56QH UNITED KINGDOM😓😢😡

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  • Neil Adams
  • 01-02-22

A Miscarriage of Justice

A really compelling Podcast, shedding light on Kris Maharaj's wrongful detention. An appalling miscarriage of justice which the US really ought to be ashamed of. How is he STILL in jail?! Thank you, Sonya and David for highlighting his story. Nx

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  • RA
  • 12-27-21

Must listen!

Unbelievable! This story needs to be told and heard everywhere. Kris deserves a new trial and most of all, justice.

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  • Fiona S
  • 12-22-21

Brilliant Podcast

So sad, infuriating & maddening though. How can this happen-unbelievable. I urge everyone to listen to it.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-20-21

The American justice system strikes again!

Horrific murder, humongous injustice, unbelievable humanity, this is one you will be recommending to everyone who'll listen... really good stuff...

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  • A.Caley
  • 06-21-22

Incredible!

This podcast is brilliant! And gives a very real but scary insight into the many flaws of the US justice system!
After listening to all the evidence and hearing about his first trial where he was sentenced I have to ask why is he still in prison?
Is the US justice system so scared he’ll put a claim in which will cost them billions in compensation - so keeping him in prison will save them face & money? What an utter joke!!
This guy should never have been convicted from day one.

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  • Cee Jay
  • 06-06-22

American Injustice

unbelievable. how difficult it is to prove yourself innocent when the complex layers of the US justice system seem to be deliberately stacked against you

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  • Margot Walker
  • 03-09-22

gripping.

I'm hoping for a positive result in Krishna's case.
this story was gripping and full of detail.