State files op­po­si­tion to Syed’s bail hear­ing re­quest

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Lawyers for the state are ar­gu­ing that “Se­rial” pod­cast sub­ject Ad­nan Syed shouldn’t be el­i­gi­ble for re­lease on bail, say­ing he re­mains a con­victed mur­derer and a rul­ing grant­ing him a new trial is on hold in the ap­pel­late courts. Syed’s at­tor­neys said last month that the ap­peals process could take years to re­solve and that Syed has proved over the past 17 years in prison to be a good can­di­date for re­lease pend­ing a new trial. But the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice filed a mo­tion Mon­day in op­po­si­tion, con­tend­ing that the de­fense had missed its chance to op­pose a judge’s or­der that stayed the new trial rul­ing and should have sought bail at that time. Syed “re­mains a con­victed mur­derer and kid­nap­per and con­tin­ues to serve his sen­tence of life in prison,” wrote As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral Charlton Howard. “Be­cause of the stay, he is not in a pre­trial pos­ture await­ing trial nor is he cloaked in the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence.” The court has yet to re­spond to Syed’s re­quest for a bail hear­ing. Syed’s lead de­fense at­tor­ney, C. Justin Brown, told The Bal­ti­more Sun on Thurs­day that the de­fense “look[s] for­ward to hav­ing a bail hear­ing and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to prove that Syed is nei­ther a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity nor a flight risk.” Syed was con­victed in 2000 and sen­tenced to life in prison for the killing of ex-girl­friend and Wood­lawn High School class­mate Hae Min Lee. Syed’s case be­came the fo­cus on the “Se­rial” pod­cast, help­ing raise ques­tions that prompted a new hear­ing in his case.

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