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Court Denies Syed’s Bail Motion

By Justin Brown 3 months ago12 Comments

The Circuit Court for Baltimore City has denied Adnan Syed’s Motion for Release Pending Appeal. Judge Welch denied the Motion, in large part, because of the open status of the case in the appeals court. (The State is attempting to appeal Judge Welch’s Order vacating Syed’s conviction and granting a new trial; multiple applications for leave to appeal are pending). Judge Welch also denied Syed’s request for a hearing.

Syed has already served more than 17 years in prison for a conviction that has been ruled unconstitutional.

Here is the Court’s Opinion: ORDER DENYING BAIL

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  • Olga says:

    What are the next legal steps for Mr. Syed now? I tried reading the memorandum, but since my experience with legal documents is quite limited, there are a lot of things I do not understand. The document also talks about Ms. McClain’s testimony. Has it not been accepted?

  • Michael says:

    In my most thoughtful legal opinion: That’s stupid!

  • Kate says:

    When you look at the nine factors the court allegedly considers, it seems like Adnan should easily be released. The state and the court rely heavily on the severity of the alleged crime and the potential length of the sentence in their decision not to release him. It seems as though any defendant facing a (faulty) homicide charge would not be released as a matter of course. You could not possibly have better circumstances than Adnan, and yet, the court refuses to look past the severity of the punishment and alleged crime in its ruling.

    • Penelope Q. says:

      I thought the same thing while reading the decision.

      • Corey says:

        And in the hearing to have the conviction vacated Adnan’s defense easily showed multiple times that the State was doing some things are simply illegal during discovery and manipulating their witnesses to give a false narrative about the events surrounding the murder. I don’t understand why that isn’t a factor.

  • Meg May says:

    If the conviction is unconsitutional, then any decision about the sentence, appeals, and bail have no merit whatsoever. Adnan should be released immediately, period amen.

    • Gio Paredes says:

      What???? This is ridiculous!!
      Can you guys create a petition, take it to the Supreme Court, I don’t even know if what I’m saying is even possible. Sorry, I’m just livid!

    • Zenna G says:

      I think the problem is that he is still being charged with those crimes. He hasn’t proven his innocence. So we are at the point he was right after his arrest.

      • Shane Horan says:

        Adnan does not have to prove his innocence. Unless the order vacating his conviction is overturned, he is innocent in the eyes of the court and is being detained in advance of trial.

      • Michelle V says:

        now that they said his old case was unconstitutional he is innocent in the eyes of the law, and the burden of proof is on the prosecutors, not him.

  • Nico says:

    Judge Welch is just covering his own ass. He already vacated the conviction and if he grants bail while the state is clearly doing everything in their power to appeal, it’ll look bad and favoritism. He had to throw a bone the States way otherwise the state will start making new ridiculous claims against Welch. (I.e.: Judge Welch must of listened to Serial and is a fan/supporter of Adnan.) This was expected, in my opinion. He will be granted leave eventually thru some other channel or means necessary. Hope it happens sooner than later.

  • Mark says:

    I’m missing something, and I hope someone can set me straight. The final episode contained Dana’s “Nobody is that unlucky” viewpoint. Of everything I heard in 12 podcasts, this was the one viewpoint I was waiting for, and I was able to connect with. Also episode 12 contained the viewpoint from Jay’s friend that worked with him at the video store. His account was compelling, and I believed him.

    Math is a big part of my life, and based on the information we were given from the podcasts, the odds that Adnan is innocent is beyond mathematical probability.

    The alibi witness can provide Adnan an alibi for a timeline that nobody believes is still relevant for the murder. The 2:36 pm deadline for the murder is no longer accepted.

    What am I missing? Is there any chance that new DNA technology could clear Adnan, or be conclusive about his guilt? Outside of that, I don’t see how there is any evidence that would justify giving him bail. I’d like to be on the side everyone else seems to be on, so please give me reasons to reconsider.

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