Please go and listen to Serial, a new radio show by Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder (two producers from This American Life). The radio show follows a team of investigative journalists as they comprehensively review the potentially botched criminal trial of a 17-year-old boy who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1999.
This is a bit off the course for our Civil Litigation blog, being as it is a radio show about a criminal case. But Serial does a spectacular job at showing how lawyers-- people who almost by definition don't really know what occurred in a given situation-- sit down and puzzle through the evidence of what happened and come to their conclusion. Whether it means to be or not, it is a spectacular inside look into the job of an attorney.
From Serial's website:
On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She'd been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.
Tune in early Thursday mornings for new episodes, posted online.
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