New Trial Upheld for murder convicted Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’

April 12, 2018 | Brainwave Science



An appeals panel on Thursday vacated the murder convicted Adnan Syed, whose case was chronicled in the first season of the hit podcast “Serial,” and ruled that he should be granted a new trial on all charges.

Syed was convicted in 2000 of first-degree murder and kidnapping of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend.  The Maryland Court of Special Appeals said in the ruling that Syed received ineffective legal counsel, as his lawyer failed to call a witness whose testimony “would have made it impossible for Syed to have murdered Hae.”

“Accordingly, Syed’s murder conviction must be vacated, and because Syed’s convictions for kidnapping, robbery, and false imprisonment are predicated on his commission of Hae’s murder, these convictions must be vacated as well,” the panel wrote. “The instant case will be remanded for a new trial on all charges against Syed.”

Justin Brown, the lawyer of murder convicted Adnan Syed, declared that they are “thrilled” with the panel’s decision.  Murder convicted Syed’s lawyer, Mr. Brown, said he had been unable to locate the witness, Asia McClain, until the “Serial” team began investigating Mr. Syed’s story.“

‘Serial’ kind of shook the trees and that enabled us to get in contact with Asia McClain and bring her to Baltimore for the post-conviction hearing two years ago,” Mr. Brown said at a news conference. “‘Serial’ has also helped build this groundswell of support for us and for Adnan and for the case, and that has fueled these efforts and helped us to fight on as we have.”

Ms. McClain sent murder convicted Mr. Syed two letters after he was arrested in 1999 stating that she had seen him at Woodlawn Public Library at the time that Ms. Lee was killed. Mr. Syed asked his lawyer, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, to contact Ms. McClain. She said she had “and nothing had come of it,”. After the murder conviction, it was determined that Ms. Gutierrez had not in fact contacted Ms. McClain.

Later on, a law student, friend of Syed – Rabia Chaudry, reached out by herself out to Mr. McClain, who signed an affidavit declaring that she had seen Mr. Syed at the Woodlawn Public Library at the time that Ms. Lee was killed.

Ms. Gutierrez’s failure to contact Ms. McClain formed a key part of Mr. Syed’s argument that she had been negligent in her defense of him. Ms. Gutierrez died in 2004. In 2016, Mr. Syed was granted a retrial in 2016. The state appealed that ruling to the Court of Special Appeals. He has served 16 years of a life sentence after being convicted in 2000 but has maintained his innocence for almost two decades.

Ms. Lee was last seen on Jan. 13, 1999, as she was leaving school. A few weeks later, a passer-by found her body partially buried in a shallow grave in a park in West Baltimore, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Sun said Mr. Syed had told the police that he and Ms. Lee dated as high school students but kept their relationship secret because of cultural differences between their families. They broke up in 1998 and Ms. Lee later began dating another man.




The case of the murder convicted Mr. Syed is just one of the few challenges that law enforcement face on a regular basis, during their mission to keep citizens safe. In today’s world, criminality has increased year after year. Criminals find more and more ways to carry out their evil missions through the new technological means of communications.

In addition, law enforcement is still using outdated means of investigation to interrogate suspects in cases. Just think about the limitations of the polygraph test or the DNA test; one can only detect the presence of a lie, while the other is inefficient if there is no DNA present at the crime scene.

Moreover, during such an investigation, there are a number of unpredictable situations that can occur: witnesses are not found or are tampered with; probes can go missing, etc. A lot of these problems result in unsolved cases, murderers walking out free or leads dropped.

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