I will be blogging now, until I become bored which could be awhile, about the murder of Hae Min Lee as covered by the following excellent links that I have visited and reviewed:
The time and attention these magnanimous individuals have given to this case in the spirit of correcting injustice carried out in the name of justice is beyond-the-pale commendable. I was introduced to this case via Serial, and that excellent podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig helped convince me that Adnan Syed should have been acquitted based on The State’s case if he had proper and effective defense counsel. But he didn’t, and as a result he was convicted in 2000 and has spent the last 15 years in jail. He received life plus 30 years by the way, indicating the judge had a particular axe to grind with the extra 30 years to ensure no chance of parole.
What Serial didn’t do is convince me of Adnan’s innocence, only that he wasn’t guilty beyond a reasonable doubt per the State’s case. Undisclosed, another excellent podcast that is still ongoing, has, with reasonable assurance, convinced me that Adnan Syed has no knowledge of who killed Hae and was not involved. It’s that powerful. Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller have destroyed the State’s case via a stellar investigation and analysis and they have used feedback from their audience to further that cause making this a populist tribunal, if you will.
Like I said, I will be blogging about this topic in the weeks and months to come, but for now I believe a poll is in order for those visiting this blog for the first time who are more than familiar with the story of Hae Min Lee’s murder. Why a poll? Deirdra Enright, as paraphrased by Sarah Koenig (starting at the 21:19 mark) in this Serial Episode 7: The Opposite of the Prosecution, asserts that post conviction defense must go a step further and not only prove Adnan is not the killer, but also say who the killer is. A tall order, I know, but it must be done. Let’s help even if said help is not solicited. Sometimes unsolicited help is the best help. Afterall, Cristina Gutierrez was solicited help and considering what we now know, she not only was no help, she was in fact a hinderance.
Keep in mind that I am many things, and one of them is a satirist. The poll is satirical, but understand that satire, whilst humorously engaging, is deadly serious. The levity helps take some of the edge off, so please, try not to be so easily offended. Without further adieu, here’s the poll and be so kind as to participate.
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