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Maryland Supreme Court Weighs Victims’ Rights in the Case of Adnan Syed from Hit Podcast “Serial”

Maryland’s highest court is considering whether the rights of a murder victim’s family were violated when Adnan Syed ’s conviction in the killing was vacated last fall, years after his case gained national attention through the hit podcast “Serial.”

The case has been fraught with legal twists and divided court rulings for decades. And the oral arguments that took place Thursday before the Maryland Supreme Court were no exception.

Among the issues discussed was the extent to which Maryland crime victims have a right to participate in hearings where a conviction could be vacated. The panel of seven judges, who will release their ruling in the coming months, is also weighing whether to uphold a lower appellate court ruling that found in favor of the victim’s family and reinstated Syed’s 2000 murder conviction.

Read the source article at AP News

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