Adnan Syed asks for release from prison while he awaits retrial in Serial case

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Syed was approved a brand-new trial after the popular podcast was launched due to the fact that his lawyer cannot cross-examine a skilled witness about cell tower information

Adnan Syed, whose story was the center of the Serial podcast, is asking to be launched from jail while he awaits his retrial in the slaying of his high school sweetheart.

Justin Brown, an attorney representing Syed, composed in a movement submitted Monday that Syed must be launched while waiting for retrial due to the fact that he positions no threat to the neighborhood. Brown likewise kept in mind that his customer had actually currently served 17 years in jail based upon an unconstitutional conviction for a criminal offense he did not devote.

Syed was founded guilty in 2000 of strangling 17-year-old Hae Min Lee. His story ended up being the focal point for the very first season of the Serial podcast. In June, a judge given Syed a brand-new trial since his lawyer cannot cross-examine a skilled witness about cell tower information connecting Syed to the criminal activity scene.

Completely missing from Syeds record are scenarios that normally trigger courts issue relating to pretrial release, Brown composed in his movement.

Brown likewise composed that Syed is not a flight threat due to the fact that of his strong ties to the neighborhood, and due to the fact that he delights in a lot assistance from the general public after Serial, which brought in countless listeners and influenced an army of armchair private investigators to assist pursue proof to reinforce his defense.

Christine Tobar, a spokesperson for the attorney general of the United States workplace, which is dealing with the case, stated in an e-mail that the workplace had actually not yet gotten a copy of the filing however prepared to identify and evaluate how finest to react.

Brown stated in a declaration that there is no need to believe Adnan would range from the case he has actually invested half his life aiming to negate.

In his ask for a brand-new trial, Brown argued that Syeds initial lawyer erred by cannot call an alibi witness to show the jury her claim that she saw him in the library soon prior to Lees slaying. Brown likewise stated the lawyer cannot ask any concerns about cell tower records.

The state so far has actually opposed Syeds movements and appealed the judges approving of a brand-new trial. State authorities have actually stated that if they lose the appeal, they will retry the case.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/24/serial-adnan-syed-retrial-hae-min-lee-baltimore