ADNAN SYED FREE AT LAST? JUDGE OVERTURNS CONVICTION AFTER 23 YEARS IN PRISON
Adnan Syed was only 17 years old in 1999 when he was convicted for the murder of his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. He’s been in prison for 23 years, and has always maintained that he was innocent of the crime. And many people have believed his claims to innocence, though it has taken all these years for a judge to look at both the old and new facts and unequivocally decide to overturn his murder conviction. And this past week officials released him from prison! He will remain in detention at home for 30 days, as prosecutors weigh whether to drop the murder charges of seek yet another trial.
ADNAN SYED OWES ATTENTION TO HIS CASE TO 12 EPISODES OF “SERIAL”, FROM 2014
Adnan Syed would still be in prison maintaining his innocence were it not for the podcast, “Serial”, which first came out in 2014. Over 12 episodes, it detailed the case against him, with a special focus on his defense lawyer, who was disbarred in 2001 over complaints of wrongdoing and who then died in 2004. In 2014, Syed had already been in prison for over a decade. But it’s been another 8 long years in prison for officials to finally recognize he should never have been there in the first place.
THE PROSECUTION HASN’T YET RESTED, AND QUESTIONS REMAIN WHY ADNAN SYED WAS PROSECUTED
It was just this past month that prosecutors themselves recommended that his conviction be vacated and Syed have a new trial, saying , “the state no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction.” And why is that? Well, new evidence is now in hand that could have prevented his conviction in the first place. But when Judge Melissa M. Phinn of the Baltimore City Circuit made her recent ruling overturning his conviction, she also noted that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence as well in his trial. Oh, and there’s the little other detail, that an actual investigation years later has pointed at two other “alternative suspects.”
Here’s hoping Adnan Syed doesn’t have to suffer thru a new trial, and that the authorities can finally find the actual killer.