The producers of "The Case Against Adnan Syed," an HBO series examining the murder case, drew a rebuke last week from the administrative judge of Baltimore Circuit Court for airing footage of court proceedings.
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The case of Adnan Syed, the subject of the wildly popular "Serial" podcast, heads to Maryland's highest court on Thursday, where judges will hear arguments on whether to reinstate his murder conviction, which was vacated in 2016.
With Adnan Syed’s family and friends in the courtroom, attorneys presented opening arguments to Maryland’s highest court Thursday about whether his murder conviction — thrown out by a lower court — should be reinstated.
Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular podcast "Serial," had his day in court — five of them, to be exact. Now, it's up to a judge to determine whether the man convicted in 2000 of killing his ex-girlfriend will get a new trial.
Online forums are breaking down barriers between people affected by murders and those interested in the cases, criminologists at Birmingham City University in the U.K. found after examining impacts of the popular podcast "Serial." Their study, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Victims & Offenders, looked at interactions on Reddit between friends and family members impacted by the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and fans of the podcast that examined her killing.
Adnan Syed, the convicted murderer whose case gained international attention after questions were raised on a widely-downloaded podcast, will get a day in court. A Baltimore Circuit Court judge on Friday granted Syed's request for a hearing, at which he is expected to present an alibi witness and raise questions about cell phone evidence in the case. Retired Judge Martin Welch said the hearing would "be in the interests of justice."
Recent requests by "Serial" podcast subject Adnan Syed to have post-conviction proceedings in his 15-year-old murder case reopened in Baltimore Circuit Court — in part so that a new alibi witness can testify on his behalf — are "meritless" and should be denied, according to attorneys representing the state.
The attorney for Adnan Syed, the subject of the "Serial" podcast, filed a new court motion Monday arguing that key cell phone evidence was unreliable — by the phone company's own warning — and should have been excluded from trial.