Adnan Syed's Guilty: Case Study

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Asia McClain may still be Adnan Syed’s ticket to freedom. Serial, a podcast published in 2014 and told by Sarah Koenig, uncovers the day of Adnan Syed’s alleged murder of Hae Min Lee and the case that followed. A star athlete at Woodlawn High School, Adnan Syed was a well-known student in Baltimore, Maryland. Hae Min Lee, a popular student at Woodlawn herself, was the victim of this crime. Serial slowly uncovers the details of Adnan’s case over 12 episodes that **ultimately displays the innocence of a young man, Adnan Syed. The innocence of Adnan lies in the lack of key witnesses and lack of evidence. Adnan should not have been found guilty because of the lack of witnesses. There were very few reliable witnesses to the crime. Asia McClain, …show more content…
Asia McClain had a clear vision of how the scene of the library played out “Adnan came in. He sat at the table. And we weren't really close friends or anything like that, but we knew each other. And we chatted or whatever” (McClain ep. 1). The reason why Adnan was put into jail was caused by the reality of him not knowing exactly what he was doing right after school the day of the murder but, “If you're saying that you saw him on this day at that time, that means the state's timeline for their whole theory of the case doesn't make any sense.” (Koenig ep. 1 ). Sarah Koenig stated this to Asia McClain in the podcast Serial. Asia’s answer to the statement was “It's a possibility” ( McClain ep.1 ). In the podcast Sarah talks about Asia waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up from school to head to a job interview. As she was waiting for her boyfriend Asia says she was in the library for approximately 15 …show more content…
Christina Gutierrez the lawyer for Adnan failed to present all the facts that would give benefit to her client. Using Asia’s testimony of her memory of that very day could've changed the outcome of Adnan’s life “ I trust the court system to do their due diligence. Because I was never questioned. I was never informed of anything pertaining to the case. I don't know why he was convicted” (McClain, ep. 1). Gutierrez was sloppy with her duty as a lawyer. Gutierrez never used anyone to testify of Adnan’s where abouts after school “So where does Adnan say he was? Well, maybe the library, but nobody testified to that at trial.” (Koenig ep. 1). Sarah Koenig herself was skeptical about Gutierrez not using this piece of evidence “Why, oh, why was this person never heard from at trial-- a solid, non-crazy, detail-oriented alibi witness in a case that so sorely needed alibi witnesses?”(Koenig ep. 1). Sarah explains her opinion of Gutierrez in Serial, stating she screwed-up, there was no strategy in not using Asia’s alibi whatsoever. It’s so simple the evidence of the library equals innocences or at least it should of. Reasons being Adnan had no real alibi of his whereabouts after school, that’s what put him into jail. One simple alibi could of change Adnan’s outcome in a whole new

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