Do you believe Adnan Syed of 'Serial' was wrongly convicted of murder?
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Do you believe Adnan Syed of 'Serial' was wrongly convicted of murder?

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Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular true-crime podcast "Serial," has been granted a new trial by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Syed was convicted of murder almost 20 years ago, but has maintained his innocence. Many have come to the defense of Syed, believing his case highlights all the problems with our justice system. Others argue Syed isn't the victim of injustice he presents himself to be, and believe he did in fact murder his girlfriend 20 years ago. What do you think? ⚖️

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#AdnanIsInnocent
55.2%
#AdnanIsGuilty
44.8%

Adnan Syed's case gained national attention with the release of the true-crime podcast "Serial" in 2014. The podcast followed Sarah Koenig as she reconstructed the circumstances surrounding Syed's case, which ultimately led to his murder conviction in 2000.

Syed has been incarcerated since his arrest in February 1999 for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. She was found buried in a shallow grave in Baltimore's Leakin Park. Syed was sentenced to life in prison in 2000.

Syed was also the subject of another popular podcast "Undisclosed" which sought out to prove Syed was wrongfully convicted. Syed has maintained his innocence and argued he did not receive a fair trial. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently announced the will grant Syed a new trial given new evidence and the fact that his defense attorney failed him.

A retired Baltimore judge issued a ruling in June 2016 granting Syed a new trial on the grounds that he received ineffective counsel in 2000 from a defense attorney who failed to cross-examine a state cell expert witness on key evidence.
The ruling followed new evidence presented during a second post-conviction relief hearing in February 2016, including testimony from alibi witness Asia McClain Chapman, who says she spoke with Syed in the library of her high school in Baltimore County at the time the state claims he killed Lee.

Many are celebrating the latest news, believing Syed is innocent and was wrongly convicted of murder.

But others aren't so confident that Syed is innocent.

The evidence against Syed is still pretty strong.

And even if his first trial was unfair, it doesn't mean he's innocent.

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