Hae Min Lee’s brother is appealing the release of ‘serial’ subject Adnan Syed

Adnan Syed, the subject of the uploaded Serial Podcast, could reinstate his murder conviction after Hae Min Lee’s brother asked a Maryland court to overturn the sentence.

Young Lee’s attorney Steven Kelly signaled Wednesday that he would appeal a judge’s decision last week to overturn Syed’s murder conviction after serving 23 years in prison. Syed was sentenced to life in 2000 for the murder of Lee, his classmate and ex-girlfriend in the Baltimore area. While Syed’s release has been welcomed by his supporters, Lee’s family has complained about the trial.

Kelly filed the appeal with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. The one-paragraph document says little about what arguments Kelly will make to reverse Syed’s release. But in a statement provided news week via email, he said the appeal stems from possible violations of the Lee family’s rights as crime victims.

Erica Suter, attorney for Adnand Syed, speaks
Erica Suter, director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law and attorney for Adnan Syed, speaks outside a courthouse September 19, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. A lawyer representing Hae Min Lee’s brother, who Syed was convicted of murder in 2000, is questioning a judge’s decision to air the subject of the podcast Serial.

“Young Lee has filed the attached appeal alleging violations of his family’s right to meaningful participation in the September 19, 2022 hearing on the motion to vacate Adnan Syed’s conviction,” Kelly said in the statement. “The appeal is the first step in obtaining a review by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals of potential violations of Maryland victims’ rights in connection with the hearing.”

Syed, now 41, came to prominence when his conviction and the questions surrounding it were documented on the podcast’s first season Serial. The podcast cast doubt on the evidence used to convict Syed, who has maintained his innocence. HBO also continued to cover the case in the 2019 docuseries The case against Adnan Syed.

Maryland District Court Judge Melissa Phinn on September 19 ordered Syed’s conviction to be vacated. Prosecutors previously cited a lack of “integrity” in the conviction, but still had 30 days to request a new trial against Syed or have the charges dropped.

After the court verdict, Sarah Koenig, hostess Serial, released a new episode of the podcast in which he said the case against Syed was “a mess” and called the chances of him being tried again “remote at best.”

Maryland District Attorney for the City of Baltimore Marilyn J. Mosby mentioned two other possible suspects in Lee’s death in her motion to have Syed’s conviction overturned.

Kelly previously told WBAL-TV that he and the Lee family were surprised by the request to have Syed’s conviction overturned and did not have enough time to respond.

“The most egregious thing here is that I was not allowed to speak on behalf of my client in court and would not even give myself the opportunity to advise my client on his own testimony in court,” Kelly told the broadcaster.

news week has reached out to Erica Suter, Syed’s attorney.

https://www.newsweek.com/hae-min-lees-brother-appeal-release-serial-subject-adnan-syed-1747346 Hae Min Lee’s brother is appealing the release of ‘serial’ subject Adnan Syed

Rick Schindler

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