An appeals court in Maryland on Tuesday reinstated the conviction and life sentence of Adnan Syed in the 1999 murder of Hai Min Lee because her family wasn’t given ample notice to attend the hearing overturning the case.
Syed, 41, served 23 years in prison for the slaying of his former girlfriend and high school classmate Lee, 18. Hit podcast “Serial” did a deep dive into Syed’s case and raised questions about whether he was the true killer — eventually leading to the conviction getting tossed in September.
But Lee’s brother, Young Lee, appealed the decision and demanded the conviction be reinstated, calling for a new hearing in Syed’s case on the grounds that the family’s rights were violated when the state failed to give them proper notice of the hearing last fall.
The Appellate Court in Maryland sided with Young Lee, reinstating the conviction and sentence against Syed until a new hearing on the state’s motion to vacate the case could be held where Lee’s family has the opportunity to attend.
This case has been a political football from the start. I have no idea what the truth really is here, but it's pretty clear this was not justice at it's best. But it is Baltimore.