After Adnan Syed’s release from prison, “Serial” is back

It’s time to enjoy more Serial.

Adnan Syed was filmed snacking on his first meal as a free man after being freed from 23 years in prison – as Serial, the record-breaking podcast about his case, rushed to release a new episode on Tuesday.

Syed, now 41, was seen eagerly eating dumplings still in his court dress on Monday after a Baltimore judge overturned his conviction in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

“They’re pretty good,” Syed said, laughing while munching while standing by an open fridge.

Syed’s case was followed by millions of people after it was investigated in minute detail by Serial, the 2014 podcast that broke listener records with hundreds of millions of downloads.

Adnan Syed eats leftover dumplings.
Adnan Syed was spotted nibbling on dumplings on Monday after his release from prison.
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Adnan Syed filmed eating leftovers after being released from prison.
“They’re pretty good,” he said of the leftovers compared to 23 years of prison food.
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“Serial” returned early Tuesday with a new 13th episode to round out the first season about his case, simply titled “ADNAN IS OUT.”

“Adnan Syed was released from prison yesterday. It was extraordinary, the whole thing,” host Sarah Koenig told her audience after the familiar restraint of her piano soundtrack.

“Adnan is out – under house arrest for now, but out. Home,” she said, noting how the man whose case she was handling somehow “just kept calm” in court.

"Serial" announced a new episode on Tuesday.
Serial rushed to produce an episode of the record-breaking podcast following the surprise release.

Koenig admitted to the New York Times that she was “shocked” that he was finally released.

“I didn’t see that 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 admitted.

On her podcast, Koenig said that “the eviction request exploded like fireworks from the prosecution, the same agency that asked the jury to quote in 1999: ‘Come back with a guilty verdict of first degree first degree murder.'”

She noted that prosecutors “are not calling Adnan innocent — they have stopped exonerating him.”

“Instead, they say we didn’t investigate this case thoroughly enough in 1999. We relied on evidence that we shouldn’t have and we broke the rules… That wasn’t an honest conviction,” she said.

Prosecutors realized the case “just sort of crumbled when they looked closely,” Koenig said.

Podcaster Sarah Koenig records outside of the court hearing.
Sarah Koenig was one of those at the court hearing that released Adnan Syed, the subject of her hit podcast.
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“I know,” she added, her voice tired of the sarcasm from tearing so many holes in the case years ago.

The biggest “bombshell,” she said, was that prosecutors failed to provide information about possible alternative suspects in the murder to Syed’s defense team.

They were not identified in the motion, but Koenig told her listeners: “I know the suspects.

“One of them was then examined and subjected to some polygraphs. The other was also examined, but not with much vigour, as far as I can tell. He’s now in prison for sexual assault,” she said.

Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed at the Junior Prom.
Adnan Syed was just 17 when he was accused of killing his ex Hae Min Lee, which he has always denied.
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“But nobody has charged any of these guys in connection with the murder of Hae Min Lee. So I won’t name them either,” she said.

The podcast host was frustrated to find that the development was based on the very issues her series first explored: “How is a child convicted on such shaky evidence?”

Alarmingly, she said, “Adnan’s case contains just about every chronic problem that our system can produce.

Adnan Syed goes free on Monday.
“Series” host Sarah Koenig said that “Adnan’s case contains just about every chronic problem that our system can create.”
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“Police use questionable interrogation methods; prosecutors withholding vital evidence from the defense; some junk science; extreme prison sentences; adolescents treated as adults; how overwhelmingly difficult it is to bring your case back to court after a conviction,” she noted.

“There was a lot of talk about fairness yesterday. But most of what the state put into this eviction request, all of the actual evidence was either known or known to police officers and prosecutors in 1999.

“Even on a day when the government is publicly acknowledging its own mistakes, it’s hard to cheer up at a triumph of fairness,” she said, saying she underscored a “system that’s taking more than 20 years to self-destruct.” to correct”.

Adnan Syed is swarmed by supporters as he is released on Monday.

“It’s hard to celebrate a triumph of fairness” when it “has taken more than 20 years to self-correct errors in Syed’s indictment,” the podcaster said.

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“And that’s just this one case,” she said.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/serial-is-back-after-adnan-syeds-prison-release/ After Adnan Syed’s release from prison, “Serial” is back

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