Part 2 of HBO’s documentary, The Case Against Adnan Syed, airs Sunday, March 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Once signed up, you can watch The Case Against Adnan Syed live as it airs, or you can watch it on-demand anytime once it airs (the first part is also available on-demand). With either option, you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ Preview for Part 2
HBO’s synopsis for this four-part documentary reads:
In production since 2015, The Case Against Adnan Syed closely re-examines the events leading up to Hae Min Lee’s disappearance, from high school romance, forbidden love and cultural conflict, to the aftermath of her disappearance, the original police investigation and the present day, when Syed awaits a new trial. Presenting new discoveries as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case, and featuring exclusive access to Syed, the defense team, the Syed family, friends and teachers of both students, and members of City of Baltimore law enforcement, the series traces how the rush to justice and Syed’s conviction in 2000 raised more questions than answers about what happened to Hae Min Lee, underscoring the instability of memory and conflicting eyewitnesses.
In June 2016, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch vacated Adnan Syed’s conviction and granted him a new trial after new evidence challenged the reliability of cell phone data linking Syed to the crime scene, and a long-awaited alibi witness finally had her day in court. The State of Maryland appealed the lower court judge’s ruling, but on March 29, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals also ruled to vacate Syed’s conviction and granted him the retrial he has been waiting for.
The documentary is directed by Amy Berg, Oscar-nominated filmmaker. She told Vulture that she was disappointed that Hae Min Lee’s family decided not to participate in the documentary. They tried Korean translators, community leaders, and people that knew Hae Min Lee, but it was just too painful for her family. A friend of the family was their spokesperson, and she gave them a description of what was happening at the time, and that was the closest they got.
Meanwhile, Adnan Syed was in jail awaiting his new trial until March 8, when an appeals court decided his conviction would stand. Prosecution had appealed a decision to overturn his previous conviction. They argued their case in November. But in February the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld the decision to overturn his previous conviction and Syed was awaiting his trial in jail because his bail was denied in 2016. Now, in March, it looks like another appeal worked. Syed’s lawyer wrote:
A full statement reads:
We are devastated by the Court of Appeals’ decision but we will not give up on Adnan Syed.
Unfortunately we live in a binary criminal justice system in which you either win or you lose. Today we lost by a 4-3 vote.
Our criminal justice system is desperately in need of reform. The obstacles to getting a new trial are simply too great.
There was a credible alibi witness who was with Adnan at the precise time of the murder and now the Court of Appeals has said that witness would not have affected the outcome of the proceeding. We think just the opposite is true. From the perspective of the defendant, there is no stronger evidence than an alibi witness.