Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed's murder conviction reinstated

An appeals court in Maryland reinstated Adnan Syed’s murder conviction.

A panel of three judges voted 2-1 to reinstate the murder conviction for Syed, the subject of the popular true crime podcast ‘Serial.’

Syed was convicted in 2000 for the murder of Hae Min Lee. Throughout the proceedings, he always maintained his innocence.

Syed’s conviction was overturned in September. He was released from prison after spending over 20 years behind bars.

Syed was released on house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn gave prosecutors 30 days to decide whether to seek a new trial against him.

After 30 days, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declined to press charges against Syed and officially dropped the case.

However, the surviving family of Hae Min Lee objected to the proceedings. In December, the victim’s brother, Young Lee, filed an appeal alleging that his rights were violated by the court.

According to Lee, he was not given ‘notice and a meaningful opportunity to participate’ in the hearing. The grieving brother, who now lives in California, said he was only given one business day to respond to the procedings.

On the date of Syed’s hearing, Lee addressed the court over Zoom. ‘This is not a podcast for me. This is real life,’ he said.

The Maryland Court of Appeals sided with Lee, and vacated the original court’s order to vacate Syed’s murder conviction.

‘We remand for a new, legally compliant, and transparent hearing on the motion to vacate, where Mr Lee is given notice of the hearing that is sufficient to allow him to attend in person, evidence supporting the motion to vacate is presented, and the court states its reasons in support of its decision,’ the appeals court stated.

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