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Admission Price: Free to attend
Speaker: Clive Stafford Smith, OBE, the human rights lawyer
Presented by this year's Contrarian Prize winner - Clive Stafford Smith, OBE
In 1986, Kris Maharaj, a British businessman living in Miami, was arrested for the brutal murder of his ex-business associates Derrick and Duane Moo Young. His lawyer did not present a strong alibi; Kris was found guilty and sentenced to death in the electric chair. He immediately began the process of appeal. But it wasn't until a young lawyer working for nothing, Clive Stafford Smith, took on his case that strong evidence began to emerge that the state of Florida had got the wrong man. So far, so good - except that, as Clive argues so compellingly, the American justice system is actually designed to ignore innocence. On 10th November, Kris's lawyers will finally get to show the Miami courts that witnesses lied at his original trial, that the police framed him - and that he's innocent. After twenty-seven years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Kris could finally be set free.
Step by step, from the botched trial to the ludicrous logic of the appeal courts, Clive will untangle Kris's case, and the system that makes disasters like this inevitable.
The Contrarian Prize seeks to recognise individuals in British public life who go against the grain and put their head above the parapet by demonstrating independence, courage and sacrifice. It aims to shine a light on those who have made a meaningful contribution to the public debate through the ideas that they have introduced or the stand they have taken. Please visit www.contrarianprize.com to learn more and to nominate someone for this accolade.