‘Serial’ airs new episode after Adnan Syed release | Criminal law

The podcast that shed light on Adnan Syed’s case was here on Monday when he was released to house arrest.

“Serial” explored Syed’s conviction for the murder of his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn overturned her 1999 conviction on Monday.

In 2014, “Serial,” which is hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig, helped propel interest in podcasts and Syed’s special case.

“Serial” explored Syed’s conviction for the murder of his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn overturned her 1999 conviction on Monday.

In 2014, “Serial,” hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig, helped spark interest in both podcasts and the special case of Syed. Season 1, consisting of 12 episodes, set podcast records at the time of its release with more than 300 million downloads, according to the program’s producers.

It remains frequently cited as one of the world’s most popular podcasts and was No. 1 on Apple’s podcast chart on Tuesday, the same day a new episode was released in which Koenig discusses how Syed’s exit had venue.

“According to the DA’s office, they have not undertaken to triage Adnan’s case – their own case, mind you,” Koenig says in the new episode. “They say it sort of fell apart once they took a look at it.”

Syed was serving a life sentence for first degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and forcible confinement.

Items of the state investigation that were not properly turned over to Syed’s defense attorneys and the existence of two suspects who may have been improperly cleared as part of the investigation were cited as grounds for quashing the conviction.

“Adnan’s case was a mess — it’s a mess. That’s pretty much where we were when we stopped reporting in 2014,” Koenig said in a podcast. “Baltimore City Police have told the DA’s office that they are going to refer someone to the case. Someone will try to speak to the two suspects Becky [Feldman, chief of the state’s attorney’s office sentencing review unit] identified in the query. I have no predictions on what might result. But I know the chances of the state trying to prosecute Adnan again are slim at best.”

Prosecutors have 30 days to decide whether to pursue a new trial against Syed.

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CNN’s Sabrina Shulman, Kristina Sgueglia, Lauren Koenig, Dakin Andone and Eric Levenson contributed to this report