Sarah Augusta Koenig: Case Study

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“푆푒푟푖푎푙” is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Augusta Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story about Adnan Masud Syed. Adnan was charged with murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Hae was a Woodlawn High School senior, who went missing on January 1, 1999. Hea’s family reported her missing that day, after she failed to pick up her cousin at about 15:00 hours. Adnan was found guilty and given a life sentence. His case is full of evidence that was incriminating against him because the evidence found would have naturally been found with his girlfriend’s possessions. Racism and stereotypes blinded the state and the jury to evidence that could lead to the innocence of Adnan Syed who is a Muslim man. As a result, the state and the jury did not suspect Hae’s new, …show more content…
The jurors and the state had a very low expectation of Adnan and Jay. They believed to each word of Jay. Jay’s testimony is full of inconsistencies in which he stated that he helped Adnan to bury Hae, even though they were not very close friends, they just knew each other. It is very obvious that Adnan had no reason to turn to Jay for help and Jay had no reason to agree with that. In taped police interviews, Jay has told detectives that he saw Hae's body at the Best Buy. After, he claimed that he lied about that to protect his grandmother, because he actually saw Hae’s body in front of her house. "I didn’t tell the cops it was in front of my house because I didn’t want to involve my grandmother," he said. "I believe I told them it was in front of Cathy’s house, but it was in front of my grandmother’s house. I know it didn’t happen anywhere other than my grandmother’s house. I remember the highway traffic to my right, and I remember standing there on the curb. I remember Adnan standing next to me." Jay was a liar and did not deserve state’s attention, but they believed him just because the accused person was a person of

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