BALTIMORE (AP) — The creator of a true-crime podcast that helped free a Maryland man imprisoned for two decades in a murder case says she has mixed feelings about how long How long it took the authorities to process the evidence available from
In a new episode of the “Serial” podcast released Tuesday, a day after Adnan Saeed walked out of court after his murder conviction was vacated, host Sarah Koenig noted that prosecutors’ efforts to overturn the conviction Most or all of the evidence is presented in the motion. Available since 1999.
“Yesterday, there was a lot of talk about fairness, but what the state put forward in the motion to vacate was all actual evidence, either known or known to the police and prosecutors in 1999,” Koenig concluded. said context “So even on a day when the government publicly acknowledges its mistakes, it is difficult to feel happy about the victory of fairness. Because we built a system that takes over 20 years to self-correct. And this is just one case. “
He argued that the case against Saeed, which was featured in the first season of “Serial” in 2014, contained “just about every old problem” in the system, including unreliable witness testimony and evidence that Saeed were never shared with the defense team of
On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Melissa Finn in Baltimore ordered Saeed’s release after overturning his conviction for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, high school student Hae Min Lee. Saeed was 17 at the time of Lee’s murder and has always maintained his innocence.
At the request of prosecutors who uncovered new evidence, Finn ordered that Saeed’s sentence be vacated as he granted the now-41-year-old’s release.
Finn ruled that the state breached its legal obligation to share evidence that could have bolstered Syed’s defense. He ordered Saeed to be placed under house arrest with GPS location monitoring. The judge also said the state must decide whether to seek a new trial date or dismiss the case within 30 days.
The Baltimore prosecutor’s office last week filed a motion to vacate Syed’s conviction, a filing that Koenig described as “fireworks” coming from the same office that convinced a jury to convict Syed more than two decades ago. said for
“Prosecutors are not saying today that Adnan is innocent. They prevented acquittal,” he said. “Instead they are saying ‘In 1999, we didn’t investigate this case properly. We relied on evidence we shouldn’t have had and we broke the rules when we prosecuted. It was not an honest belief.”