Friday, March 30, 2018

Adnan Syed: Maryland: Bulletin: New trial ordered (once again) for subject of the 'Serial' podcast..."To corroborate his account, prosecutors presented cell phone records and expert witness testimony to place Syed at the site where Lee was buried. He was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison on murder and kidnapping charges. In 2016, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge vacated Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial, based on claims that Syed's trial lawyer failed to cross-examine the expert witness about the reliability of cell tower location evidence. The state appealed the 2016 order, leading to Thursday's decision by the court of special appeals."

"PASSAGE OF THE DAY:  "Brown is optimistic they will get a new trial. He said he hopes the state will forgo an appeal and seek to retry the case. "If we go to trial, we will win that trial," Brown told CNN. As for whether Syed will be released on bail before a new trial, Brown told CNN: "It's something we'd consider revisiting."


STORY:  "A court once again orders a new trial for Adnan Syed, the subject of a 'Serial' podcasts," by Jason Hanna and Alex Marquardt, published by CNN on March 29, 2018.