Justice 23 after years – Baltimore Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Syed

Lee Heidhues 10.11.2022

The Power of the Media.

The podcast ‘Serial’ shone a light on the Justice system in America and how one man, then a teenager was arrested, charged and convicted of a murder.


Adnan Syed spent 23 years in jail and person for a crime for which there was always a reasonable doubt he did not commit. Now, he is a free man.

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An incarcerated Adnan Syed

Sadly, he can never have back the lost years of his life.

Breaking News 4.15.2019

New York Times 10.11.2022

Baltimore prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the charges against Adnan Syed, who was released last month after he spent 23 years in prison fighting a murder conviction that was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial,” officials said.

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A young Adnan Syed before he was arrested, falsely convicted and spent 23 years in prison

Emily Witty, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, said in an email on Tuesday that the case had been dropped.

On Sept. 19, Judge Melissa M. Phinn of Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated Mr. Syed’s conviction on charges that he murdered his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Prosecutors had 30 days from that date to decide if they would proceed with a new trial or drop the charges.