After finally being granted a new trial by a judge last week, Adnan Syed is “feeling good.”
But because he knows the legal process all too well, the subject of the podcast Serial — who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee — isn’t getting his hopes up just yet!
Attorney C. Justin Brown has spoken to Syed several times on the phone since the game changing decision was made by Judge Martin P. Welch on June 30.
Speaking to People, he said:
“[Syed is] doing well. He’s very excited by the news but he’s also very understanding of the legal process and he understands that there is a lot more work to be done on this case. He’s going to be patient with that and let it run its course.”
Of course, not everyone is ecstatic over this news.
Maryland’s Attorney General’s office released a statement from the family of Min Lee, saying they were “very disappointed by the judge’s decision” and believed “justice was done” when Syed was put behind bars.
The statement said:
“We do not speak as often or as loudly as those who support Adnan Syed, but we care just as much about this case. We continue to grieve.”
It’s not easy having to relive this tragedy decades later, but we’re sure the family doesn’t want to keep an innocent man in prison either — if that turns out to be the case!
Brown, who last spoke to Syed on Sunday, said his client is “cautiously optimistic” about the potential new ruling, continuing:
“He seems more hopeful than I’ve seen him in a long time and his spirits are high.”
The attorney also noted that he felt “more hopeful” now than in the seven years he has represented Syed, adding:
“We started with our backs against the wall, but we’ve been marching forward slowly and making progress. Getting the new trial is in a lot of ways the most difficult step.”
What do YOU think will come of Syed’s retrial?
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