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The 1999 homicide of Baltimore Woodlawn Excessive College pupil Hae Min Lee impressed the primary season of Sarah Koenig’s Serial podcast. Koenig’s investigation targeted on the conviction of Lee’s classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, and raised questions in regards to the circumstances surrounding his arrest. On March 10, nearly 5 years after the top of Serial‘s first season, HBO premiered the primary of a four-part documentary known as The Case Towards Adnan Syed. Directed by Amy Berg, the documentary picks up the place Koenig’s protection of the case ended and gives a extra visible have a look at the whole scenario.
Whereas these long-form investigative initiatives give in-depth perception into the investigation and the flawed justice system, they do not really shed a lot gentle on the present state of Syed’s case. When Serial went dwell in 2014, Syed had already been in jail for 15 years. In June 2016, Baltimore Metropolis Circuit Court docket Choose Martin Welch took proof uncovered within the podcast and overturned his sentence. He was granted a brand new trial on the reasoning that his former trial legal professional didn’t cross-examine the prosecution’s cell tower skilled who used location knowledge for incoming calls to corroborate a witness claiming to assist Syed bury Lee’s physique.
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Since 2016, there’s been a variety of authorized backwards and forwards and plenty of setbacks. The State appealed after the petition for a brand new trial was granted, and in March 2018, the Maryland Court docket of Particular Appeals upheld the decrease courtroom’s resolution for a retrial. The State appealed once more to Maryland’s high courtroom. The Court docket of Appeals agreed to listen to each the State’s enchantment and Syed’s counter-appeals on July 12. The ruling is at present pending, although a panel of judges heard arguments from either side in November. If the choice goes towards the prosecution, they might take it to the US Supreme Court docket.
Syed was additionally denied bail in 2016 as he awaited a retrial, and, in line with his legal professional Rabia Chaudry, he wasn’t allowed to attend the courtroom proceedings in November. Chaudry admits that Syed hasn’t been hopeful about his possibilities of getting out of jail. In February 2018, she spoke with the Tv Critics Affiliation and mentioned that Syed as soon as instructed her that “he in all probability would go away jail in a coffin,” however the latest consideration to the case has given him “a really robust ray of sunshine.”
As of the premiere of The Case Towards Adnan Syed in March 2019, Syed is spending his 20th 12 months in jail. Till the appeals course of ends — which will be no later than Aug. 31, 2019 — Syed will stay in jail.