Luther Pendragon takes pro bono murder case

Luther Pendragon has been brought on board by campaigners fighting to overturn the conviction of Krishna Maharaj, a UK citizen on death row in Florida.

Luther Pendragon has been brought on board by campaigners fighting

to overturn the conviction of Krishna Maharaj, a UK citizen on death row

in Florida.



Maharaj, 59, was sentenced to death in 1987 for the murder of two former

business associates. An appeal against his conviction will be heard next

week, 13 years after his imprisonment.



Luther Pendragon is working on a pro bono basis in an effort to generate

the kind of coverage that surrounded the Louise Woodward case.



The agency’s client, solicitors firm Freshfields, has also been working

on the case pro bono. The client for both firms is effectively the

Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center.



Luther Pendragon first became involved when Freshfields asked the agency

to drum up support for an appeal in Parliament. Over 300 MPs, peers and

MEPs signed a petition which forms the basis of Maharaj’s appeal.



The agency was brought back on board last week for a press conference in

Parliament on Thursday. Ben Rich, who is overseeing Luther Pendragon’s

contribution to the campaign, said: ’Over the next week we will be

making as much noise here as possible.’



The agency is looking for a PR counterpart in Florida to promote the

case to the US media and opinion formers.



Maharaj is appealing on the grounds that the trial judge, Howard Gross,

was struck off after allegations he had accepted bribes in another

case.



Gross was replaced by Harold Solomon who, despite having the power to

impose sentence, never heard part of the evidence.



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