I am Clive Stafford Smith, a lawyer who has represented over 400 death row cases and 85 men in Guantanamo Bay. My latest case is helping free an innocent man framed for Pablo Escobar cartel hit. AMA.
I began my career doing capital defence cases in the American South. In 1999, I founded the human rights charity Reprieve and as part of my work there represented 85 men in Guantanamo Bay.
Right now I’m representing Kris Maharaj, a man sentenced to death and imprisoned 30 years ago for murder in Florida. I’ll soon be going to court to present evidence that Kris was framed and the murders were actually a hit by Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. It’s a story so unbelievable that I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t literally written the book on it.
You can find out more about Kris's case and our other work on Reprieve's website: Reprieve.org.uk
EDIT 19:47 BST: Hi all! I'm going away from the computer to finish my son's surprise birthday present – he's 9 tomorrow (and I'm not saying what it is in case he's reading this!). Keep leaving questions and I'll try get to some more later! Thanks for all the questions so far. Even for calling me a parasite. I dare say I have had worse…
EDIT 22:17 BST: Back to answer a few more of the questions you've left before signing off for the night – get them in while you can!
EDIT: 10:30 BST: Thanks for all your questions everyone! My inbox is full and I wish I could response to them all.
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