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Univ. of South Carolina School of Law

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thoughts on the 1st Day of Adnan's Reopened PCR

Yesterday was the first day of the reopened PCR proceeding in the Adnan Syed case. I wasn't up in Baltimore, but I got the gist of what happened over social media. As a result, I recorded some audio for last night's special minisode of Undisclosed. Unfortunately, I recorded my segment during a tornado warning, so it seems like there were some resulting glitches. So, here are my thoughts a bit more fleshed out.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It Comes Down To This: Gutierrez's Failure to Contact Asia McClain & Ineffective Assistance

There have been 12 episodes of the first season of Serial, 17 episodes and 16 Addenda of Undisclosed, 32 first season episodes of the Truth & Justice Podcast, and several other podcasts related to the Adnan Syed case, including Crime Writers On and Serially Obsessed. In the end, though, everything seemingly comes down to something that Sarah Koenig said in the very first episode of her groundbreaking podcast:

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Preview of Adnan's Reopened Postconviction Review Proceedings

This post is about the reopened postconviction review proceedings in the Adnan Syed case, which will be held on February 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Is California About to Execute an Innocent Man, and What Can We and Jerry Brown Do?

I've done three posts (herehere, and here) about the Kevin Cooper case, in which Cooper claimed that the presence of EDTA in the blood on a t-shirt recovered near the murder site proved that the police had planted the blood, calling into question all of the evidence against him. Cooper was initially scheduled to be executed on February 10, 2004.

"I met their volunteer executioners," Cooper said. "They had me stand there butt-naked in that death chamber." 

"You watch the clock as your life goes off, minute by minute," Cooper told NBC News. "I was ten feet away from being murdered." 

Then with three hours left, the Ninth Circuit halted the execution.

Now, unless something changes, Cooper will walk the green mile again.

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