(CTN News) _ Adnan Syed was released on Monday after a Baltimore judge vacated his 1999 conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee.
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Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn vacated Adnan Syed conviction based on new evidence after serving over two decades behind bars. Courtroom gasps and applause followed the judge’s decision.
As a result, Phinn ruled the state violated its legal obligation to share evidence.
GPS location monitoring was ordered for Syed. Moreover, the state must choose between a new trial date or dismissal within 30 days.
As the hearing ended, Phinn said, “All right, Mr. Syed.
As he was shepherded to a waiting SUV among a sea of cameras and a cheering crowd, Adnan Syed flashed a small smile.
According to prosecutors, a lengthy investigation conducted with the defense uncovered new evidence that could undermine Syed’s 2000 conviction.
Becky Feldman discussed other suspects, flawed cellphone data, unreliable witness testimony, and a possibly biased detective that undermined the decades-old conviction.
The State’s Attorney said investigators are waiting for the results of “DNA analysis” before deciding whether to seek a new trial date or throw out the case against Syed.
The body of 18-year-old Lee was found buried in a Baltimore park after Syed was convicted of strangling him.
Mosby’s office reported last week that the investigation found two alternative suspects and unreliable information from cell phone towers.
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Young Lee, Hae Min Lee’s brother, said during the hearing he felt betrayed by prosecutors, since he thought the case was settled.
For him, this is not a podcast.
Mosby said she understands Lee’s brother’s feelings of betrayal after the ruling.
However, I also understand how important it is to ensure equality, justice, and fairness for defendants as well.