Adnan Syed’s Vacated Conviction and the Power of Media

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We look at the news that Adnan Syed, the subject of Sarah Koenig’s podcast “Serial,” will be granted a new trial. Last week Baltimore City Circuit Judge Martin Welch vacated Syed’s conviction, saying in a memorandum that his attorney “fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment” in handling his case. Syed was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Hae Minh Lee 17 years ago, a case that was largely forgotten until “Serial” brought it to the nation’s attention.

We talk with Baltimore Sun Media Critic David Zurawik, Ph.D., about how and why media can have such a powerful effect. Next we examine the legal implications of this case, with Steven Klepper, a lead attorney in Kramon & Graham’s appellate practice.