October 6, 2022
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Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Podcast a Free Man After Judge Vacates Murder Conviction

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Adnan Syed, topic of the primary season of wildly standard podcast Serial, was launched from jail on Monday after having his 1999 conviction for the homicide of his former girlfriend was overturned. Syed, 41, had been serving a life sentence and lengthy maintained he was harmless of the crime. 

Baltimore Metropolis Circuit Courtroom Decide Melissa Phinn mentioned Syed’s conviction for the homicide of Hae Min Lee was flawed, based on a report from NBC News on Monday. 

Prosecutors didn’t correctly flip over proof that might have allowed for “substantial and vital chance that the consequence would have been totally different,” Phinn mentioned.

In Phinn’s ruling, based on NBC Information, the choose vacated the homicide, kidnapping, theft and false imprisonment convictions in opposition to Syed, and the choose ordered him launched with out bail. Final week, prosecutors asked the conviction be vacated and for a brand new trial to be set. 

Syed’s legal professional, Assistant Public Defender Erica Suter, who can also be director of the Innocence Challenge, did not instantly reply to a request for remark. The Innocence Challenge on the College of Baltimore Faculty of Legislation is a nonprofit group devoted to liberating individuals it believes have been wrongfully convicted.

Syed was flung into nationwide prominence when he turned the topic of the primary season of Serial in 2014. The podcast unearthed the case, adopted key particulars and known as into query the case prosecutors made in opposition to him. The podcast was downloaded over 100 million instances and gained a Peabody Award. It additionally led to a 2019 four-part documentary collection on HBO titled The Case Against Adnan Syed.

Following the outstanding flip of occasions, the Serial Twitter account introduced {that a} new episode would publish Tuesday, after host Sarah Koenig attended court docket Monday to see the conviction overturned.

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