Adnan Syed, the center of the popular podcast "Serial," has been granted an appeal.
He was convicted in 2000 of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, when he was a teenager. Syed is now 33.
The podcast that closely delved into the case most likely played a role in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals' decision to allow the appeal to go forward considering his previous request, pre-"Serial," was denied.
According to The Baltimore Sun,
Last year, Brown filed an application to get that denial vacated with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. He argued that Syed had received ineffective counsel during trial from a lawyer who did not check out an alibi he had or listened to his pre-trial requests including seeing whether the state was offering him a plea deal.
This new motion will overturn the Baltimore circuit court's decision in January to deny Syed's motion for appeal and will allow him to move forward in the attempt to prove his innocence.
After debuting in Oct. 2014, "Serial" became wildly popular and attracted a cult following across the globe throughout its 12 episodes.
It's interesting to consider how the media can play a role in changing public opinion.
There is no doubt the evidence addressed in the podcast shed much-needed light on the case and the possibility of a wrong conviction.