Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Adnan Syed of 'Serial' Podcast Will Get a New Trial

Appeals judges say Adnan Syed is entitled to new trial Maryland appeals court upholds decision overturning 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed's murder conviction
| 30 March, 2018, 00:46

The decision issued Thursday by the Court of Special Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that Syed's counsel in his original murder trial was deficient and ineffective.

Syed was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison for the killing of his former girlfriend, Woodlawn High School classmate Hae Min Lee, whose body was found in Leakin Park.

Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the subject of the true-crime podcast's first season, was just granted a new trial.

Chapman said she was in the library next to their high school when she saw Syed at the time Lee was said to have been murdered.

In a 2-1 vote, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals found that the Baltimore man's "Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel was violated by trial counsel's failure to investigate McClain as a potential alibi witness". But the state appealed that ruling.

Thursday's decision is a result of a 2016 ruling in which a judge vacated Syed's 2000 conviction. But it remains a possibility that prosecutors will appeal Thursday's decision to Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals.


In 2016, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge overturned Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial, based on claims that Syed's trial lawyer failed to cross-examine an expert witness about the reliability of cell tower location evidence. If it's appealed, it would be many months before Syed would learn whether his conviction stands and whether he would be granted a new trial, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Next question: Sarah Koenig, are you taking notes?

The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered records for the number of times a podcast has been streamed or downloaded. "We're ready to try the case", Brown said.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement his office is "currently reviewing today's decision to determine next steps".

"We hope that they will come to the conclusion that this has gone on long enough", he said. Further information regarding Syed's retrial, including a court date, has not been released.

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