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Son of 'Serial' subject's lawyer defends mother
Son of 'Serial' subject's lawyer defends mother

Roberto Gutierrez first heard about "Serial" from a friend who told him about the captivating podcast that raised questions about a 15-year-old murder case in his hometown and someone even closer to him — his late mother. He tuned in to the series and heard the narrator describe how M. Cristina Gutierrez, once one of Baltimore's most respected criminal defense lawyers, did not focus on evidence that many now believe could have kept her client, Adnan Syed, from being sentenced to life in prison. Roberto then saw rumors on social media that his mother was an alcoholic. Some speculated that she had thrown the case. Gutierrez, who lives in Seattle, now says he wants to...