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2016/06 [AP] 'Serial' Adnan Syed Granted a New Trial. 1:26 PM PDT 8/22/2016 by Peter Kiefer It becomes immediately clear when speaking with comic actor Joel McHale that he would have made a terrible real estate salesman.

2016/06 [AP] 'Serial' Adnan Syed Granted a New Trial

Typically, when a house goes on sale, the owners extol every last virtue it has to offer, whether real or imagined. But McHale, whose Los Feliz home hits the market this week for $2.4 million, eschewed the virtuous for the calamitous. “The property was big but it was a steep property and only a couple of times did my kids tumble and stop just before hitting the retaining wall,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. Moments later, McHale mentioned the time he captured a rattlesnake in his yard and caught it on film. He was, of course, joking. Privately tucked away at the top of a flat cul de sac, the 3,500-square-foot home offers a two-story entry with formal living room with canyon views, a dining room and a renovated chef’s kitchen. “There wasn’t a surface that we did not touch.

2016/03 [local TV] New motion filed in Adnan Syed case. BALTIMORE —Defense attorneys for Adnan Syed have filed a new motion in court, centering on the role of a previous defense attorney in the case.

2016/03 [local TV] New motion filed in Adnan Syed case

The motion to supplement the record was filed Tuesday and included two letters as exhibits -- one from prosecutors and the other from University of Maryland School of Law professor Michael Millemann, who briefly represented Syed in 1999. Download the WBAL app During Syed's post-conviction hearing, prosecutors argued that Millemann was part of an initial defense team that made a strategic decision not to contact the alibi witness Asia McClain.

In the latest motion, a three-page letter by Millemann, entered as exhibit 2, said that is untrue. In a one-page post-hearing letter, the state on Feb. 23 addressed Judge Martin Welch clarifying Millemann's role. "Mr. Millemann's letter to Welch on Feb. 25, further clarified his limited role in the case. 2016/02 [Wasington Post] ‘Serial’ takes the stand: How a podcast became a character in its own narrative. Adnan Syed arrives at the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore on Feb. 5.

2016/02 [Wasington Post] ‘Serial’ takes the stand: How a podcast became a character in its own narrative

Syed, 35, was convicted in 2000 of kidnapping and strangling his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, 18, and is serving a life sentence. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) BALTIMORE — The post-conviction relief hearing for convicted Baltimore killer and “Serial” star Adnan Syed was supposed to last two days. It was then rescheduled for three, which then became four, or more — on Monday, it forged ahead — as the bailiff continued to prowl the aisle for illicit cellphones and reporters doggedly exhausted their notebook reserves, and attorneys nitpicked and swanned their way through witness after witness in a big maroon courtroom, and it turned out that one of the players was not a person but the world’s most popular podcast, with 80 million downloads. 2016/02 [Huffpo] This Is What the Judge in the Adnan Syed ('Serial') Case Will Be Deciding. Adnan Syed, whose 2000 murder conviction was chronicled in last year's Serial podcast, has moved for a new trial on multiple grounds.

2016/02 [Huffpo] This Is What the Judge in the Adnan Syed ('Serial') Case Will Be Deciding

One of those is an "ineffective assistance of counsel" claim, based primarily on the allegation that his trial lawyer failed to follow up with a potential alibi witness. This claim actually has a possibility of succeeding, although the specific issue is different from what some media reports have suggested. First, some legal background. A defendant in a criminal case has a constitutional right to the "effective" assistance of counsel. If a lawyer's performance falls below that standard, that "ineffectiveness" can render the entire trial void, requiring a new proceeding. Under the leading case on ineffective assistance claims, a defendant seeking a new trial on this basis has to prove two things. 2016/02 [Huffpo] The Cell Phone Evidence in Adnan Syed's Case Illustrates a Depressingly Common Problem.

The hearing is over for Adnan Syed, whose 2000 murder conviction came to national attention through the Serial podcast.

2016/02 [Huffpo] The Cell Phone Evidence in Adnan Syed's Case Illustrates a Depressingly Common Problem

The judge is now deciding whether the evidence presented at that hearing warrants Syed's request for a new trial. The request centers on two issues -- the alleged ineffectiveness of Syed's original trial lawyer Cristina Gutierrez in failing to contact a potential alibi witness, and alleged reliability issues with the cell phone evidence used to place Syed near the location where the victim's body was found. Some background as to that second question -- using historical call records to trace a subscriber's location is a relatively recent development. The basic theory is that cell phones making or receiving calls will typically connect up with nearby cell towers, so tracking which towers were communicating with a particular cell phone during a given period can provide information about where that phone was during that period.

That's an admirable admission, I suppose. 2015/01 [PBS] Maryland stands by its case against 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed. As fans of the famed podcast “Serial” are well aware, the real actions of Adnan Syed — convicted in 2000 of robbery, false imprisonment and first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee — are murky at best.

2015/01 [PBS] Maryland stands by its case against 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed

The true crime mystery from 1999 was explored in the blockbuster show hosted by Sarah Koenig. But even after 12 episodes, the on-air investigation delivered more questions than answers. In May 2010, Syed appealed the Baltimore City Circuit Court for “post-conviction relief.” On Jan. 6, 2014, the court sided with the state of Maryland’s case against him and denied that petition. That same month, Syed filed an application with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, hoping to overturn the Circuit Court’s denial of post-conviction relief. As part of the “post-conviction process,” the state’s appeals court asked the state of Maryland to comment on Syed’s request.

2015/01 [USnews] State: Court Should Deny Appeal of Man at Center of 'Serial' JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A court should uphold the conviction of a man accused of strangling his high school sweetheart after they broke up in a case at the center of the wildly popular "Serial" podcast, Baltimore prosecutors said Wednesday.

2015/01 [USnews] State: Court Should Deny Appeal of Man at Center of 'Serial'

Adnan Syed, now 34, has appealed the conviction and argues he received ineffective counsel because his attorney ignored his requests to negotiate a plea deal. He was accused of killing Hae Min Lee in 1999 after becoming inconsolably jealous when she began dating someone else. Prosecutors said in their response to the appeal Wednesday that Syed was never offered a plea deal, and that there was no evidence aside from his own "self-serving post-conviction testimony" that attorney Cristina Gutierrez failed him. Gutierrez was disbarred in 2001 after client funds went missing from a trust account. [local news] The story behind the podcast. Read the eNewspaper The nationally syndicated radio program "This American Life" is revisiting Adnan Syed's case as part of a new podcast series called "Serial.

[local news] The story behind the podcast

" Sarah Koenig, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, spent more than a year examining the case, with periodic contributions from Justin George of The Sun. The series is available at or iTunes. Crime ARCHIVE: Adnan Syed, ex-boyfriend of Hae Min Lee, is charged in her killing Crime ARCHIVE: Body found in park is Hae Min Lee, 18 Crime Years after murder, hope dims and stigma remainsJustin GeorgeShamim Rahman kneaded her hands as her youngest son pulled six cardboard boxes from a basement closet of the family's Baltimore County home.

"Be careful," she said. 1 2345w. 2015/08 [Rolling Stones] 'Serial' Subject Adnan Syed Gets New Podcast 'Undisclosed' - Rolling Stone. For two months and 12 episodes, the story of Adnan Syed and the inscrutable murder of Hae Min Lee riveted a nation thanks to the massively popular podcast Serial.

2015/08 [Rolling Stones] 'Serial' Subject Adnan Syed Gets New Podcast 'Undisclosed' - Rolling Stone

While host Sarah Koenig's investigation into Lee's 1999 murder resulted in more questions than answers, Syed still remains behind bars as he awaits another appeal. With so much of Syed's story still to tell, Rabia Chaudry, an attorney who played a large role in Serial's opening episodes, will dedicate her own podcast to her incarcerated family friend with Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed, Entertainment Weekly reports. 2015/02 [Indipendent] Serial helps BBC Radio 4 Extra reach record listeners as 6 Music surges. The US crime podcast Serial and classic comedy from the archives have helped the BBC Radio 4 Extra digital station reach its largest ever audience, figures have revealed.

2015/02 [Indipendent] Serial helps BBC Radio 4 Extra reach record listeners as 6 Music surges

Radio 4’s sister station now attracts a record audience of 1.72 million weekly listeners, an increase of 90,000 on the previous quarter. Radio 4 Extra’s audience has been boosted by the acquisition of Serial, the cult US podcast, in which a journalist reinvestigates the 1999 murder of a high school student. 2014/12 [Wasington post] Did the ‘Serial’ finale bring us any closer to the truth? A photo of Adnan Syed from 1998. (Courtesy of “Serial”) The first season of the habit-forming true crime podcast “Serial” has come to an end. From the initial episode, in October, listeners have feared what they had also foreseen: that the show would have an ending, but not a resolution.

As the suspect at the center of this murder case, Adnan Syed, would say, “It is what it is.” This is real life after all. 2014/12 [TV] Stephen Colbert and Sarah Koenig discuss “Serial” and the pronunciation of Mail Chimp. 2014/12 [Valture] Colbert Talks to ‘Serial’ Host Sarah Koenig. 2014/11 [Guardian] listeners of podcast phenomenon turn detectives – with troubling results. I fell into Serial, the new podcast that re-investigates a murder, the way they used to say one fell into bankruptcy: slowly, then all at once. I only tuned in once six episodes had aired, but then it became a binge.

A dinner with a friend interrupted me and I was palpably impatient, restless, wanting to get back to my listening. And then, when I was done, my appetite not quite sated, I satisfied my 21st-century curiosity in a prosaic way: I fired up Google. That experience with Serial is hardly unique. Downloads of the show seem to increase each week, reportedly averaging at roughly 850,000 an episode. But, to use a common storytelling technique employed by Serial’s host, Sarah Koenig, let’s back up a little. 2014/11 [EW] 'Time' goes behind the scenes of riveting podcast, 'Serial'

“Serial” has taken over the podcast world with its riveting investigation into the mystery of how a then-17 year old Adnan Syed was convicted of the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Time goes behind the scenes with ”Serial” host and executive producer Sarah Koenig to see how the pieces do - and don’t - fall into place. “There’s definitely something here that I don’t understand, and that the public never got to hear. Something is missing in this story. Something’s not quite right,” Koenig tells Time. 2014/10 [Slate] "Serial" This American Life spinoff tells crime story, is riveting.

Photo courtesy of This American Life I like watching melodramatic Dateline-style TV shows about murder. I particularly enjoy the show Snapped, which is frequently about cases of women who have killed their husbands. What this says about me (and my marriage) is a subject for another day. At the moment, what I’d like to do is compare the true crime TV genre that I know and love to a new podcast from some of the people behind This American Life—an episodic show called Serial, which will follow a single story for 10 to 20 installments per season. Serial’s first season, which launches Friday with the release of two episodes, is about murder. 2016/04 Asia McClain From Serial Is Writing A Book. Chemmie Squier | Features & Beauty Writer | 7 days ago The Debrief: Another key player in the case has decided to tell their story Recently things have gone a bit quiet on the case of Adnan Syed, who’s currently serving life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999.

The murder case was the subject of the incredibly popular first season of Serial which first aired back in 2014. Adnan Syed was granted a hearing for the case to be reopened which took place in February. During this hearing Asia McClain (now Asia McClain Chapman), who attended school with both Lee and Syed, was able to testify that she had seen Syed in the library during the time that the prosecution claimed Lee had been murdered. 2016/02 'Serial' Witness Asia McClain Speaks Out About Recent Adnan Syed Testimony. 2015/02 [observer] SERIAL EXCLUSIVE: The Teachers of Woodlawn High Speak Out. The Serial podcast about the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee has been heard and debated by millions, yet there are still untold stories and perspectives from Woodlawn High School teachers who taught and had close relationships with students Adnan Syed, Jay Wilds, Stephanie McPherson, and Hae Min Lee but declined to talk to Sarah Koenig for podcast.

I was able to sit down with some of these teachers for an exclusive conversation. 2014/12 [Guardian] Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the ‘five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath’ 2014/12 [Huffpo] These Images From 'Serial' Bring The 15-Year-Old Murder Case To Life. "Serial," the world's most popular podcast, is coming to an end next week after just 12 episodes. 2014/11 [] Adnan Syed's Family Speaks Out About Serial Podcast.

Over the past nine weeks, Serial, a spin-off of This American Life, has single-handedly revolutionized the podcast industry. 2014/12 [] Exclusive: Jay, Key Witness from ‘Serial’ Tells His Story for First Time, Part 1. On Jan. 13, 1999, Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old high school student from Baltimore, went missing. About a month later, police uncovered her body in a nearby park; an autopsy would later find that she was choked to death.

Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, 17, became the primary suspect in her homicide after an anonymous caller told the police to investigate him. In February of 2000, Syed was found guilty of murdering Lee. 2014/10 [LocalNew] Years after murder, hope dims and stigma remains. Shamim Rahman kneaded her hands as her youngest son pulled six cardboard boxes from a basement closet of the family's Baltimore County home. "Be careful," she said. Folders, pictures and pages of transcripts and records filled each box — evidence in the murder case against her middle son. 2016/02 [mirror] After Serial's Adnan Syed's drama filled hearing: What happens now? 2015/03 [] One Lawyer's Trip Down the "Serial" Rabbit Hole. Susan Simpson often gets bogged down in the stories she finds interesting.

2015/02 [Vulture] A Timeline of Events Since the ‘Serial’ Premiere. 2014/12 [Salon] “Serial” Why Sarah Koenig was smart to embrace uncertainty. 2014/12 [Reddit] Serial Podcast Subreddit. 2014/11 [Gawker] What Serial Gets Wrong. 2014/11 [Popsuger] Serial Podcast Theories and Interviews. 2014/10 [Slate] Rabia Chaudry blogs about Adnan Syed and recaps the Serial podcast on Split the Moon. Check it out. 7 Infographics To Help You Make Sense of Serial. 2014/12 [ADage] Best Buy Apologizes for a Tweet It Made About the Podcast. 2014/12 Funny or Die Is Excited for the Final Episode of Serial. No Pressure, Sarah Koenig! A new Funny or Die video starring Michaela Watkins as Sarah Koenig imagines how the Serial host is responding to public expectations... 2014/11 [Youtube] Serial - The Best Buy Employee. 2014/11 [Buzzfeed] "Serial" Obsessive Poll. 2014/11 [Guardian] Serial: The backlash and the backlash against the backlash begins.

2014/11 [ET] The 13 Stages of Being Addicted to 'Serial' 2016/04 [Guardian] Serial S2 : why did the 'must-listen show' suffer a sophomore slump? 2015/01 [USA Today] Sarah Koenig still searching for 'Serial' season two topic. Serial Podcast Season 1.