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Adnan Syed case: Maryland high court reinstates 'Serial' subject's conviction

Adnan Syed case: Maryland high court reinstates 'Serial' subject's conviction

Maryland’s highest court has determined that Adnan Syed does not deserve a new trial, reversing the opinion of a lower appellate court and reinstating Syed’s conviction in the murder of Hae Min Lee. The 20-year-old case shot to international prominence as the subject of the “Serial” podcast.

The Court of Appeals, on a 4-3 vote, agreed with the lower court that the performance of Syed’s counsel during his initial trial was “deficient” for failing to pursue a possible alibi witness account. But they disagreed that it had prejudiced Syed, saying the evidence against him was strong.

“Given the totality of the evidence the jury heard, we conclude that there is not a significant...

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