Officers escort ‘Serial’ podcast matter Adnan Syed from the courthouse on February three, 2016.
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The Supreme Court explained on Monday that it will not listen to an attraction from Adnan Syed, whose 2000 murder conviction was the concentration of the to start with year of the popular audio show “Serial.”
The decision was introduced in an purchase with no observed dissents.
Syed was convicted of to start with-diploma murder for the killing of his on-and-off girlfriend Hae Min Lee though the two ended up both equally attending large university in Maryland and Syed was 17 many years previous. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors explained that Syed strangled Lee in the parking whole lot of a Most effective Obtain soon after university just one day and then buried her human body in Baltimore’s Leakin Park. Syed was determined by Lee dumping him two weeks prior to the murder, they explained.
Syed’s lawyers urged the court to reverse his conviction on the grounds that his authentic attorney unsuccessful to present vital evidence in his defense.
According to them, that attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, unsuccessful to connect with a witness who could present an alibi for Syed at the time of the murder. Gutierrez died in 2004 of a heart attack. She was disbarred in 2001 adhering to grievances from a condition fee that investigates attorney wrongdoing.
Syed’s new lawyers informed the top rated court that just one of Syed’s classmates, Asia McClain, remembered talking with Syed at the library involving 2:15 and 2:35. Prosecutors explained that Lee was killed all-around 2:35.
Maryland argued that the new evidence would, at greatest, make the jury question the timing of the murder, but not Syed’s guilt. The timing of the murder was a “little portion” of the all round case.
Significantly more critical to the case, the condition explained, was its witness Jay Wilds. Wilds testified that Syed bragged about committing the murder and that the two buried her human body with each other.
Lawyers for Syed informed the Supreme Court that in a standard case, a jury would be capable to weigh the testimony of Wilds and McClain to choose whom to imagine.
“In this case, having said that, the jury never ever listened to McClain’s testimony,” Syed’s attorney Catherine Stetson wrote in a quick.
Serial, created by This American Existence and unveiled in 2014, raised issues about the state’s case and became just one of the most popular podcasts of all time, inspiring tens of millions to dig into specifics of the investigation.
A Baltimore condition court reopened Syed’s case in 2015. But previous yr, the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed the decision and denied a new demo on the grounds that McClain’s testimony would be not likely to sway a jury.
In June, the top rated court ruled in favor of an additional person whose murder conviction was the concentration of a popular podcast.
The court held seven-2 in favor of Curtis Flowers, a black man in Mississippi who was attempted six occasions by the exact same prosecutor for a 1996 quadruple murder. Flowers’ case was in depth in the APM Stories podcast, “In the Dim.”
Lawyers for Syed did not reply to a request for remark.
The case is Adnan Syed v. Point out of Maryland, No. 19-227.