HBO is already putting together a follow-up to The Case Against Adnan Syed

The case against Adnan Syed
The other major true-crime project about Adnan Syed and the murder of Hae Min Lee, while already beaten by Sarah Koenig and Serial, obviously won't leave this week's events untouched: HBO and director Amy Berg have announced that they are producing on a follow-up to the documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed, and they have exclusive access to Syed himself, both before and after his release from prison.
Syed was released this week after more than 20 years behind bars after being convicted of the murder of his classmate Hae Min Lee when he was a teenager after prosecutors determined they no longer had "confidence in the integrity of the conviction". Syed's release doesn't necessarily mean the state believes him innocent, just that prosecutors have uncovered evidence, new and old, that could have affected the outcome of his trial, had it been presented at the time. They now have 30 days (or a little less since this all happened a few days ago) to decide whether or not to try Syed again.
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Both The Case Against Adnan Syed and Serial detailed the many ways in which the American justice system had collapsed in this one case, resulting in either the conviction of an innocent man or at least a botch of the process so bizarre it could be made pretty more convincing proof of his innocence. It took a few decades, but the state has now come to this argument.
Interestingly, while Serial aired an episode the morning after Syed's release, Berg and HBO are taking a more patient approach. Not only will they be waiting beyond the 30-day window for a retrial before releasing this new installment of The Case Against Adnan Syed, but a press release says it won't even be released until 2023. That means she'll most likely be covering things we don't even know about yet.
With all of this happening over the past few days, Hae Min Lee's family has seemingly resisted this development -- or at least how quickly it happened. During the final hearing before Syed's release, an attorney for the Lee family said they had not received "adequate notice" that Syed's conviction would be overturned, and Lee's brother appeared in court via a Zoom call to say that "the is not a podcast” for her and that it kills him and his mother to keep bringing this case back. "Every time I think it's over and it's over, it always comes back," he said.
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