Maryland Court reinstates Adnan Syed’s conviction

A court in Maryland has overturned a ruling that would have granted Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast Serial, a new trial, The Baltimore Sun reports. The ruling is a setback for Syed and his legal team, who had hoped that a new trial would potentially lead to his freedom.

In 2000, a jury convicted Syed of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, who had been found dead in a Baltimore park the year before. Serial brought a renewed interest in Syed’s case, and raised the possibility that he might be innocent, or at the very least, might not have been properly represented by his attorney.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted Syed an appeal for his case, during which, his legal team was permitted to introduce new evidence —…

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Author: Andrew Liptak