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Appeals Court Reinstates Conviction of “Serial” Protagonist Adnan Syed

HeadlineMar 29, 2023

A Maryland appeals court has reinstated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, less than six months after prosecutors in Baltimore dropped charges against Syed last October, asserting he was “wrongly convicted.” Syed was released from prison in September following 23 years behind bars over the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new hearing on Syed’s conviction, saying the rights of Hae Min Lee’s brother, Young Lee, had been violated when he wasn’t given adequate notice to travel from California to attend last year’s proceedings in Maryland in person. Syed will not be taken back into custody while awaiting the new hearing. The case gained national attention in 2014 when it was featured on the hugely popular podcast “Serial.”

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