Major Setback

Since I brought the news that Kris Maharaj had been granted an evidentiary hearing on October 17th this Brit who has been on death row in a Florida prison for more than 33 years for a crime he could not have commited , has been anticipating the day he would walk into freedom on the arms of his devoted wife.

Unfortunately and to me confusingly the Florida Department of corrections sought and was granted a 90 day extension until January 18th 2020. As this is my birthday I can only hope the evidentiary hearing grants me a present and releases Kris. Why I am confused about this is because I wonder why the Department of Corrections would have an  interest in needing an extension given that I would expect them to be responsible for his incarceration and not with the legalities of his sentence.

This date will take us almost to Kris’s 81st birthday and I’m sure Marita would be overjoyed to have Kris at home to celebrate. I’m going to ask if you’d be kind enough to share a few words of support and hope for Kris who must be downcast at the news.

Kris is a British man who was charged with a murder he could not have committed. Yet he remains in a Florida prison. His chance at justice has again been delayed, this time for another 90 days. Add your words of support to Kris and his wife Marita as they endure the latest instalment of their ordeal: https://act.reprieve.org.uk/page/s/send-a-message-of-support-to-kris-and-marita

Thank you,

Huge Hugs

 

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Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J.
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5 Responses to Major Setback

  1. MELewis says:

    Terrible news. It is hard to fathom the scales of justice in the US. Fingers crossed it is just an administrative delay!

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  2. jilldennison says:

    How awful! I will see if I can find out the reason, but … this is such a major miscarriage of justice … he should have been released long before now! I did send a message of empathy and support via the link you shared. 😥
    Cwtch

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you Jill. I don’t know why he wasn’t released in 2014 when it was proved he didn’t do it. Can you tell me why the Dept. of Corrections would have an interest in delaying things and how they could apply for an extension given that they would surely not be involved in the Evidentiary Hearing.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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      • jilldennison says:

        No, offhand I have no idea why … seems that something is not right here … none of it makes a bit of sense. One would think, given his age, that they would be trying to expedite the process, not slow it down! I’ll do a bit of digging, but don’t know what I can come up with.
        xxx Cwtch xxx

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