It’s time to feast on extra Serial.
Adnan Syed was filmed snacking on his first meals as a free man after being free of 23 years in prison — as “Serial,” the record-breaking podcast about his case, rush-released a brand new episode Tuesday.
Syed, now 41, was seen nonetheless in his courtroom attire eagerly snacking on day-old dumplings Monday after a Baltimore choose vacated his conviction for the 1999 homicide of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.
“They’re pretty good,” Syed stated to laughter as he munched whereas standing at an open fridge.
Syed’s case was adopted by tens of millions of individuals after it was examined in intricate element by “Serial,” the 2014 podcast that shattered listener data with tons of of tens of millions of downloads.
“Serial” returned early Tuesday with a brand new, thirteenth episode to cap its first season about his case, known as merely, ‘ADNAN IS OUT.”
“Adnan Syed got out of prison yesterday. It was extraordinary, the whole thing,” host Sarah Koenig informed her listeners after the acquainted restraint of its piano soundtrack.
“Adnan is out — on home detention for now, but out. Home,” she stated, noting how the person whose case she coated someway “just kept his cool” in courtroom.
Koenig admitted to The New York Times that she “was shocked” that he was lastly freed.
“I did not see this coming at all. One of the first things I did was call Adnan’s brother and then his mother — they told me they didn’t know either,” she revealed.
“I felt almost disoriented for about a day,” she conceded.
In her podcast, Koenig stated that the “motion to vacate burst like a firework out of the prosecutor’s office, the very same office that asked the jury in 1999 to quote ‘come back with a guilty finding for first-degree premeditated murder.’”
She famous how the prosecutors “are not saying Adnan as innocent — they stopped short of exonerating him.”
“Instead, they’re saying that back in 1999, we didn’t investigate this case thoroughly enough. We relied on evidence we shouldn’t have, and we broke the rules … This wasn’t an honest conviction,” she stated.
Prosecutors realized that the case “just kind of crumbled once they took a hard look,” Koenig stated.
“I know,” she added, her voice weary with sarcasm having picked so many holes within the case earlier years earlier.
The largest “bombshell,” she stated, was that the prosecution didn’t hand over details about doable alternate suspects for the killing to Syed’s protection workforce.
They weren’t recognized within the movement, however Koenig informed her listeners, “I do know who the suspects are.
“One of them was investigated at the time, submitted to a couple of polygraphs. The other was investigated also, but not with much vigor as far as I can tell. He’s now in prison for sexual assault,” she stated.
“But no one has charged either of these guys in connection with Hae Min Lee’s murder. So I’m not going to name them either,” she stated.
The podcast host famous with frustration that the event was based mostly on the very points her collection first examined: “How does a kid get convicted on evidence this shaky?”
Alarmingly, she stated, “Adnan’s case comprises nearly each persistent downside our system can cough up.
“Police using questionable interview methods; prosecutors keeping crucial evidence from the defense; slightly junky science; extreme prison sentences; juveniles treated as adults; how grindingly difficult it is to get your case back in court once you’ve been convicted,” she famous.
“Yesterday, there was a whole lot of discuss equity. But most of what the state put in that movement to vacate, all of the precise proof was both recognized or knowable to cops and prosecutors back in 1999.
“So even on a day when the government publicly recognizes its own mistakes, it’s hard to feel cheered about a triumph of fairness,” she stated, saying it highlighted a “system that takes more than 20 years to self-correct.”
“And that’s just this one case,” she stated.