When does Adnan Syed go back to court? He wants out on bail in the mean time
It’s been two years since the first season of Serial, and now the subject is asking to be released on bail while he awaits his new trial. In July, Baltimore Judge Martin Welch vacated his conviction and granted a new trial, but when will Adnan Syed go back to court? There’s a very good chance that will never happen. The prosecution is appealing Judge Welch’s order, and at this point, if they lose their appeal, the best option might be for them to drop the charges entirely. Syed’s lawyers wrote in their motion to release that their client has “served more than 17 years in prison based on an unconstitutional conviction for a crime he did not commit.”
They also wrote that the case against him has “crumbled,” referring to credibility issues with Jay Wilds, the prosecution’s main witness. In the motion, Syed’s lawyers outline various instances in which Wilds has been arrested since his testimony, including violent behavior towards an ex-girlfriend. The motion also relies on Judge Welch’s decision to give their client a new trial since his original defense attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, didn’t cross-examine an expert witness about the reliability of cell towers (which was the crux of the prosecution, as Serial listeners will remember). The conviction was vacated as a result.
In addition to all that, Syed’s lawyers claim he’s not a flight risk.”It makes no sense that he would run from the case he has spent more than half his life trying to disprove,” the filing said. The motion also claims he’s not violent. “He has no history of violence other than the State’s allegations in this case, and if released he would pose no danger to the community,” his lawyers wrote.
Funny enough, all of the evidence Syed’s put forward that he deserves bail comes from the popularity of the Serial podcast. In addition to host Sarah Koenig and her team’s investigation, the entire internet has been on the case trying to prove (or disprove) various aspects of the case, mainly Wilds’ testimony and the cell phone calls. Also, Syed’s lawyers say he’s not a flight risk specifically because of his fame.
According to the motion, “It would be disingenuous to suggest that there is any real probability that Syed would try to harm or intimidate a witness — when, because of the media attention this case has attracted, the whole world is watching him.” They sort of have a point.
The appeal for a new trial could take years and there are Syed supporters who have already pledged to donate up to $1 million to get him out of jail in the meantime.