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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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Episodes
  • Ep 1: Murder at the Dupont Plaza

    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
  • Ep 2: Cracking the (Brief)case

    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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    48 mins
  • Ep 3: The Procedural Rollercoaster

    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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    55 mins

Publisher's 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. 

©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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NO JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AMERICA!!!

it's an absolute sin that the American justice system is the way it is.
Everyone covers up the others mistakes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-12-26

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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  • DC
  • 2021-12-26

Amazing!

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

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  • wanderer
  • 2021-12-26

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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  • cole weinstein
  • 2021-12-22

Super informative

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-12-21

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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  • wanderer
  • 2021-12-21

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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  • isabella engber
  • 2021-12-11

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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  • Lori Drea
  • 2021-11-29

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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  • Chad
  • 2021-11-29

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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  • Jason S.
  • 2021-11-29

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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