Saturday, July 2, 2016

Adnan Syed Gets New Trial - The Serial Podcast

After several months since the hearing regarding two key elements from the first trial where Adnan Syed was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend, he has been given a new chance at freedom.

In an opinion handed down a couple of days ago, the Judge in the case granted Mr. Syed a new trial based on the AT&T call detail evidence.

The original records used by the prosecution in the trial to show that Mr. Syed was in the general area of the location where the decedent's body was found, were flawed by the fact that AT&T in their own documentation clearly stated that the location information for those incoming calls were unreliable.

In spite of the fact that the prosecution's expert did everything he could during his testimony to convince the judge that AT&T was wrong and his opinion was correct, it did not work.

The fact that was in contention was that AT&T had a clear statement on the cover sheet for the records that said that location information for incoming was unreliable.

Justin Brown was the lead attorney for the defense in this hearing and my friend Jerry Grant was the testifying expert for the defense.

I can share with you that Justin Brown, Jerry Grant and I put in a lot of time not just on this hearing, but also on this one issue to make sure that the judge heard the truth about the records in spite of claims to the contrary by the prosecution.

I want to say thank you to everyone at the "Serial" podcast for doing such an amazing job at analyzing and publicizing this case and to Justin Brown, his co-counsel, Christopher Nieto, and to Jerry Grant, a good friend and excellent expert for making this become a reality for Mr. Syed.