The most epic trials in history
'Serial' subject Adnan Syed’s murder conviction reinstated by Maryland court
Adnan Syed spent over two decades behind bars for the 1999 killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a case which was featured on the landmark podcast 'Serial,' before a judge vacated his conviction in a September 2022 hearing, leading to his release. Now, a Maryland appellate court has reinstated the conviction on the basis that the lower court violated the rights of the victim's brother, Young Lee, to attend a key hearing in person (he attended only on Zoom) by not giving him enough notice ahead of time.
The decision to vacate Syed’s conviction in 2022 came nearly eight years after the podcast unearthed the case and raised questions about the conviction and Syed's legal representation. “There is no basis for re-traumatizing Adnan by returning him to the status of a convicted felon. For the time being, Adnan remains a free man,” Syed’s attorney said upon news of the redo hearing on the motion to vacate, per CNN.
As a society, we consume a lot of fictionalized drama, both in literature and on the big and small screens. So it's no surprise that our interest grows when we're presented with a real-life, high-profile criminal case. Whether it's obsessing over an ill-fitting glove or a shaky alibi, we love speculating and drawing conclusions based on new evidence. More than once, such events have been referred to as "the trial of the century." But which trials really stole the scene?
Click through this gallery to discover some of the most epic trials in history.
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