Ad­nan Syed’s long walk

The sub­ject of the Se­rial pod­cast has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion while he continues to try and clear his name

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Con­victed on 25 Fe­bru­ary 2000 for mur­der­ing ex- girl­friend

Hae Min Lee, Syed orig­i­nally re­ceived a life sen­tence with an ad­di­tional 30 years. Faced with a long sen­tence and con­victed of first- de­gree mur­der, kid­nap­ping, false im­pris­on­ment and rob­bery, Syed’s prospects looked ex­tremely bleak. Mary­land was a death penalty state un­til 2013 ( al­though ex­e­cu­tions there were a rar­ity) and Syed could have been fac­ing a death sen­tence in­stead of life.

Syed’s con­vic­tion wasn’t the end of the story, though. He has al­ways protested his in­no­cence of the mur­der and main­tained that his trial was fun­da­men­tally flawed. Ac­cord­ing to his le­gal team, orig­i­nal de­fence at­tor­ney Cristina Gu­tier­rez of­fered an in­ef­fec­tive de­fence. They also claimed some pros­e­cu­tion ev­i­dence was so un­re­li­able it should never have been used. He’s pic­tured here at his post- con­vic­tion re­lief hear­ing held in Fe­bru­ary 2016. In June 2016 Judge Martin Welch va­cated Syed’s con­vic­tion, al­though Syed has been de­nied bail.

In March 2018 Mary­land’s sec­ond- high­est court up­held the rul­ing grant­ing Syed a new trial. The state of Mary­land has ap­pealed and Syed’s lawyers have op­posed their ap­peal. His case is cur­rently await­ing an­other hear­ing.

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