Saturday, December 13, 2014

#Serial is great and disturbing too

#Serial is the acclaimed podcast from NPR (www.npr.org).  Executive Produce and reporter Sarah Koening interviews Adnan Syed about the 1999 Baltimore murder of Hae Min Lee for which Syed is serving two life sentences.  The show is podcast weekly and up to 13 episodes at this point.

There are problems with the prosecution's witnesses, and much of the case rested on suspect cherry-picking of cell phone records and dubious witness testimony (Syed's friend Jay in particular).  From a legal standpoint, it appears Syed's now deceased lawyer either botched the case or threw it, which would not be surprising given the sleazy nature of Baltimore "justice."  I am on episode 7, and, at this point, I am unsure if Syed did it.  But I don't think there was enough evidence to convict, and, if the lawyer did her job, I doubt he would have been convicted.

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