xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Drop charges against Adnan Syed, too

Adnan Syed's murder conviction in the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend, had been vacated by a judge. A new trial for Syed in the case, highlighted by the "Serial" podcast, could be at least a year away. Syed has been serving a life sentence since a jury convicted him in 2000.

Congratulations to Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for having the wisdom and courage to drop the remaining cases against the police officers in the Freddie Gray case ("Freddie Gray case: Charges against three remaining officers dropped," July 27). It is unfortunate that such a tragic situation comes to what for some will be a disappointingly inconclusive ending, but given the outcomes of the previous trials, it seems clear that the prosecution did not have a case against the officers. Under the circumstances, dropping the matter was the best decision.

Hopefully, the state will apply the same wisdom and demonstrate the same courage in the Adnan Syed case. Mr. Syed has already served 16 years in prison for a crime that many believe he did not commit. Because of serious questions that have been raised about the original prosecution, a judge has recently set aside Mr. Syed's conviction and granted a motion for a new trial.

Advertisement

Given the deficiencies that the judge noted, it would be best if the Attorney General's office dropped its plans to pursue the case against Mr. Syed as well. Even when tragic, emotionally upsetting crimes occur, justice is not served when the state goes after people with flimsy evidence just to prosecute a case.

Bradley Alger, Baltimore

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement