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What they're saying about Adnan Syed being granted a new trial

Judge Martin Welch vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed and granted his request for a new trial. (Emma Patti Harris/Baltimore Sun video)

A Baltimore judge on Thursday vacated the murder conviction of "Serial" subject Adnan Syed and granted him a new trial.

Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing his ex-girlfriend and Woodlawn High School classmate Hae Min Lee — a case that gained widespread attention thanks to the popular podcast "Serial."

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Here's a sampling of what's being said about the decision.

Hae Min Lee's relatives, via a statement released through the Office of the Attorney General: "We do not speak as often or as loudly as those who support Adnan Syed, but we care just as much about this case. We continue to grieve," the statement said. "We continue to believe justice was done when Mr. Syed was convicted of killing Hae."

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"While we continue to put our faith in the courts and hope the decision will be reversed, we are very disappointed by the Judge's decision. We remain thankful to the many many people who have expressed their support for us, and to the State for standing by the true victims and for giving Hae Min Lee a voice."

Yusuf Syed, Adnan Syed's brother: "I had a feeling in my heart it was going to happen. We are just very happy. It's not only a win for us but a win for a lot of people who are stuck in the system because it opened a lot of people's eyes about the justice system."

Adnan Syed's mother, Shamim Rahman: "Oh my god, we are so excited."

Rabia Chaudry, a family friend of Syed and co-host of "Undisclosed" podcast: "I'm overwhelmed. This is what we all wanted. It's not only a win for us but a win for a lot of people who are stuck in the system because it opened a lot of people's eyes about the justice system."

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Asia McClain, alibi witness who testified at Syed's post-conviction hearing, via Twitter: "Wow...I'm speechless."

Sarah Koenig, co-producer and host of "Serial," said she was "surprised" by Welch's action Thursday. She said she was still processing the complex ruling, and the magnitude of the news, and declined further comment.

C. Justin Brown, Syed's attorney: "We have been fighting for this day for, I think it's been about eight years now, and it's been a grueling fight, and there have been a lot of disappointments along the way, and there were times when it looked like we had lost. ...But we made it. We got a new trial."

Jon Cryer, actor and co-host of "Undisclosed" podcast, via Twitter: "Adnan Syed is getting a new trial based on evidence discovered by @TheViewFromLL2 on @Undisclosedpod !!"

W. Kamau Bell, stand-up comedian and CNN host, via Twitter: "WOW! Don't believe the @nytimes hype here. @rabiasquared and her team at @Undisclosedpod did the big work here! WOW!"

Kumail Nanjiani, comedian and actor, via Twitter: "Adnan Syed from Serial is getting another trial. Tip for a fair trial: shave that beard."

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