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Serial Subject Hae Min Lee's Family Speaks Out For The First Time — After The Misled Podcast Forced Them To 'Relive A Nightmare'!

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We're not sure what reaction we were expecting, but this is much more emotional than we anticipated.

It's been 17 years since Hae Min Lee was murdered, and over a year since Serial's first season examining the case wrapped.

But the victim's family only just spoke publicly for the first time this week.

If you've heard of the popular This American Life podcast Serial, then you're probably aware that Adnan Syed is currently serving a life sentence in prison for strangling his girlfriend Hae back in 1999.

Related: Making A Murderer Sheriff's Office Targeted By Bomb Scare

Well, similarly to the developments coming from Netflix's Making a Murderer, the doubts cast on the trial due to Sarah Koenig's investigation seem to be making a case for a retrial for Adnan… much to the dismay of Hae's family and friends.

In fact, at the hearing for the potential retrial in Baltimore Circuit Court on Wednesday, the family issued a statement to Deputy Maryland Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, saying:

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Diddy Was Behind Tupac's Murder?! Former LAPD Investigator Claims Just That!

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Tupac Shakur was tragically shot in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996. Six months later, Biggie Smalls was taken down in an El Lay drive by.

No one was ever charged for their murders.

Decades later, former LAPD investigator Greg Kading is claiming to have solved the case after leading a special task force for over three years.

Related: Biggie's Son Graduates From High School!

Kading — who received the highest ranking for an investigator that the LAPD gives — claims that Sean Diddy Combs hired

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Bill Cosby's Defense Fights To Have Charges Dropped — Argues 'A Promise Is A Promise' On Second Day Of Hearing

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As we told you yesterday, Bill Cosby's defense is arguing that the sexual assault charges in the Andrea Constand case should be dropped due to a deal made back in 2005 with the former DA Bruce Castor.

To catch you up, Castor made an agreement with Cosby over a decade ago that if Cosby testified freely, he would never be criminally prosecuted. The civil suit ended up being settled at that time.

Fast forward to now, there's a new DA in town (Kevin Steele) and Andrea is pressing criminal charges.

Cosby's argument — even though he technically did testify to drugging then having sex with Constand (but he says it was consensual) — is that he was promised to never be criminally charged, and that immunity should be binding upon Castor's successors.

Related: R. Kelly Defends Bill!

The 78-year-old's attorney Chris Tayback told Montgomery County Judge Steve O'Neill during his closing arguments on Wednesday:

"A promise is a promise. The current district attorney is trying to get out from underneath that promise."

During Castor's nearly seven-hour testimony on the stand, he often said that during his time in office he had the "sovereign" power to offer immunity to whomever he wanted, without seeking approval.

Steele rebutted that if such deal was made it would have needed to be authorized by a judge, which is was not:

"There's no legal authority allowing a district attorney unilaterally to offer immunity to a defendant. We have found no authority to support this 'sovereign edict' theory that was presented by the witness yesterday."

As we noted on Tuesday, Castor also shared that he believed a settlement was the best option for Constand at the time of the initial suit:

"I believed Ms. Constand's account. What I think and what is provable in a courtroom are two different things. What I think is that Andrea Constand was inappropriately touched by Mr. Cosby. I'm analyzing back in 2005 what I can prove. All of those combined together in my mind created a situation where she had ruined her own credibility and would not be believed by a juror. That does not mean she was not telling the truth."

So basically, Castor is saying he believes Constand is telling the truth but he's also one of Cosby's key witnesses.

Sigh.

We will keep you updated as the hearing progresses.

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Bill Cosby's First Hearing In Court — Demands Dismissal Of Criminal Sexual Assault Charges

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Bill Cosby was back in court in Norristown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning in hopes of persuading the judge to dismiss the Andrea Constand criminal sexual-assault charges.

This is the only criminal case against the comedian out of dozens of accusations.

The defense is arguing that the charges should be dropped because Cosby had a deal with former District Attorney Bruce Castor in 2005 that he wouldn't be prosecuted if he testified freely in Constand's case — which he did.

Back in 2004, Cosby admitted in the deposition that he had a series of affairs with young women with whom he gave quaaludes before sex. He testified that he gave Constand three pills before the January encounter over a decade ago at his home — but insisted it was consensual. Constand says she was drugged and assaulted.

Related: Camille Cosby's Deposition IS Happening

On Tuesday, the 78-year-old's legal team brought key witness Castor to the stand where he testified about this "no-prosecution" deal and why he didn't pursue criminal charges against Cosby back in 2005.

The hearing came to a halt when Castor made several claims about Constand's original deposition.

He said:

"There were a number of inconsistencies among these statements that Ms. Constand had given that caused me concern because I knew inconsistencies on material points were things that would affect her credibility at trial … The length of time Ms. Constand took to go the police made forensic evidence impossible … and could never be resurrected."

Castor added that Constand's claims were "inconsistent with the behavior of a person who had been sexually assaulted" which caused credibility issues during the 2005 civil suit.

Because of that, Castor said he thought a settlement was the best option for the alleged victim:

"I thought at the time and still think that making Mr. Cosby pay money to Ms. Constand was the best I was going to be able to set the stage for, because a criminal prosecution, in my professional opinion, was not viable and never would be … I was hopeful I had made Ms. Constand a millionaire."

Wow.

When the hearing resumed, current District Attorney Kevin Steele argued against Cosby's motion to dismiss, saying that an immunity deal must be in writing — and since it wasn't, it shouldn't be considered in this case.

However, according to legal analysts, if Cosby can prove that he relied on Castor's promise to not be prosecuted, he stands a chance to have the charges dismissed, or at least have the deposition thrown out.

If that doesn't work, Cosby's team has sought to dismiss the charges based on other factors, like the long period of time between the alleged crime and the prosecution.

Oof.

What do U think of all this, Perezcious readers?? SOUND OFF in the comments!

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Azealia Banks Will NOT Be Going To Court For One Of Her Bouncer Beat Downs — Get The Scoop!

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Good news… for Azealia Banks that is!

On Monday, it was revealed that the 212 rapper would NOT be prosecuted for her October beat down on a bouncer. Wait, really?

As we previously reported, the controversial celeb was asked to leave by a security guard at the El Lay hotspot Break Room 86. The 24-year-old apparently didn't take the request very well as she went totally postal on the guy. Yikes!

Related: Azealia Rants About The LGBT Community

Despite the incident, a city attorney has since decided to pass on pursuing the altercation since there was

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