Some things are easy to figure out, like how to pronounce the word "MailChimp." Others, like whether or not Adnan Syed really committed the crime for which he was convicted -- the mystery at the heart of the first season of Sarah Koenig's record-breaking podcast, "Serial" -- leave a few more questions on the table.
Syed, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, maintains his innocence, and on Monday (Mar. 23) his attorney filed a brief with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals asking that Syed's conviction should be thrown out.
According to the Associated Press, via The Huffington Post, Syed's attorney, Justin Brown, is arguing that his client's attorney at the time of the trial, the late Christina Gutierrez, failed Syed as a legal representative.
"His lawyer effectively stopped representing him," Brown told the AP.
Specifically, Gutierrez, who was later disbarred, made no efforts to seek a plea deal for Syed. She also failed to speak with a key alibi witness, Asia McClain. The AP explains:
The basis of Syed's appeal is that his former lawyer, Christina Gutierrez, failed to interview Asia McClain, a student at Syed's school who said she was with him in the library at the approximate time of Lee's death. McClain had written to Syed after his arrest offering to speak with investigators and his attorney. In her letters, McClain also mentioned two other witnesses who said they saw Syed at the library. But Gutierrez, who was later disbarred by consent after questions arose about her handling of client funds, never interviewed McClain nor called her as a witness.
As for the ripped-from-the-headlines tale of true crime that will serve as the focus of "Serial" season two, the jury's still out on that one.