‘Serial’s’ Adnan Syed Is Seeking Bail, And Hae Min Lee’s Family Is Not Happy About It
It all comes back to those cell phone towers. In addition to getting a new trial due to new evidence brought up in the Serial podcast, Adnan Syed is seeking bail, and Hae Min Lee’s family is not happy about it. After 16 years in prison, Syed’s lawyers were able to vacate his sentence and get him another trial based on the fact that the cell phone tower experts, which were basically the bulk of the Serial podcast, were not cross-examined back in 2000.
Now that he’s simply in jail awaiting his day in court, Syed, now 36, might even fight for bail. His lawyer, Justin Brown, told ABC News, “He’s not a flight risk and he is not a danger to the community and therefore he should be allowed out on bail,” but didn’t confirm whether or not he’d actually pursue a hearing.
Things for Syed are certainly looking up. Talking about bail and a new trial is a long way from the life sentence he originally received for the murder of his girlfriend back in 1999. However, the family of Lee has made a public statement saying that they are very disappointed with the decision to allow Syed another trial, or even consider bail.
“We do not speak as often or as loudly as those who support Adnan Syed, but we care just as much about this case. We continue to grieve,” the family said in a statement issued Friday through the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. “We continue to believe justice was done when Mr. Syed was convicted of killing Hae.”
They added that they will put their “faith” in the judge, but were disappointed by the turn of events. “We remain thankful to the many many people who have expressed their support for us, and to the State for standing by the true victims and for giving Hae Min Lee a voice,” the family wrote.
It’s true that you hear a lot more from Serial fans who learned about the case through the podcast and have doubts about the evidence than you do from anyone connected to Lee, the victim. Everyone has their own theory about Sayd, but it did always seem weird to me that there are people who believe he is innocent because he sounded innocent. Remember? Even Sarah Koenig wasn’t sure whether he did it or not. Although I would like to know if there was a pay phone at that Best Buy or not.
The thing is, they can still convict Syed all over again. In fact, the cell phone evidence, Jay Wild’s inconsistent testimony, and the fact that Syed still doesn’t have a freaking alibi can still work against him. And if Syed didn’t do it, then who the hell did? Either way, for Syed and Lee’s family, the trial should be short and sweet, so we can finally put this matter to rest. I loved Serial, but I’m getting sick of this not knowing.