On Sept. 19, local journalists assembled in the basement of Adnan Syed’s parents’ Windsor Mill home. In 2000, Syed was found guilty of the murder of Hae Min Lee and served 23 years in prison. “Syed has been free since 2022 when a judge granted a motion to throw out his conviction and ordered him to immediately be released from prison,” reported the Baltimore Banner. However, the Appellate Court of Maryland reinstated the conviction last March after ruling that the rights of Lee’s brother were violated because he wasn’t notified of the hearing where Syed’s conviction was overturned. The Maryland Supreme Court heard arguments regarding Lee’s brother’s rights on Oct. 5.

With his mother and his younger brother by his side, Syed spent several hours arguing that the case against him was unfair from the start. 

“So many people have learned about prosecutorial misconduct through studying this case and understanding everything that happened,” he said. He called on Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown to investigate. However, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office said they don’t have the authority to do so. (Lisa Snowden)

Adnan Syed, a man with a beard, speaks to reporters at his parents home. He wears a white shirt and a dark tie.
Syed's younger brother and mother watch him speak.
Local journalists and news cameras
Syed looks down as he speaks. He sits next to a television screen with a court document on it.
Credit: Myles Michelin
A local television camera person