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Adnan Syed News: Charges dropped against ‘serial’ podcast murder suspect

Adnan Syed, whose case was covered in the hit podcast Serial, was released from prison last month after serving 23 years behind bars for the murder of his former girlfriend, a crime he adamantly maintained he did not commit. On Tuesday, Syed and his supporters brought even more good news: Prosecutors dropped the charges against him.

DNA tests have effectively cleared the 41-year-old former murder suspect.

“Breaking news: After the latest round of DNA testing produced results which, like previous rounds of testing, ruled out Adnan Syed, he has now been officially cleared!” Laura Nirider, clinical professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, wrote on Tuesday Tweeter.

Syed was released in September after a Baltimore Circuit Court judge ordered his conviction overturned. He had been sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend and high school classmate.

Pleasemynews reported in September that prosecutors had “filed a motion stating that a recent investigation with the defense had found new evidence that undermined Syed’s conviction.” In Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn’s ruling, she wrote that the state failed to honor its legal obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense.

After considering whether to dismiss the charges or try Syed again, prosecutors chose to drop them. Investigators had come across evidence implicating two other possible suspects, for forbes

Talk with PleasemynewsCriminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Joshua Ritter explained that withholding evidence from other possible suspects is “extremely problematic”.

“The prosecution is not supposed to be the guardian of the evidence the defense receives. The defense should receive all the evidence,” Ritter said. Pleasemynews. “Even if the prosecution considers this to be weak evidence, they should receive it, and it’s up to a judge to decide whether it would be admissible or not. But they made the mistake here of not not even give the defense the opportunity to prosecute possible defenses in the fact that there could be other suspects.”

He added: “What they were doing was closing one last question as to whether or not [Syed’s] The DNA was found in a certain location which they believe could have implicated him further. Seeing how the evidence they had didn’t include his [DNA]…it does not give them the assurance that they have a case that they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt. And that’s the norm.”

Syed is also off house arrest, according to WBAL-TV in Baltimore. His lawyer Erica Suter said in a statement that he was now “able to live as a free man”.

Suter, who is also director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore, continued: “The DNA results confirmed what we already knew and what underpins all the ongoing proceedings: that Adnan is innocent and has wasted 23 years of his life in the time service for a crime he did not commit.”

Pleasemynews contacted Suter for comment.

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