I was ten years old, waiting impatiently in the living room for my turn at the TV. My dad was glued to the screen, awaiting the verdict in a trial he was so sure about. It's almost over he told me, practically giddy to see a guilty man convicted.
That's when a man came on the screen and announced that O.J. Simpson was found not guilty.
Last December, along with the rest of the world, I was completely wrapped up in Serial. I clung to every word, cursing when the episode would end with yet another question left to answer. I talked about it any chance I got, telling everyone I knew that they had to listen to it. Yeah, I was obsessed.
At first it was just an interesting story, something to distract me from the fact that my own life was totally unraveling. And though it might be shameful to admit, it gave me comfort that things could always be worse.
Like the rest of the world, I was left wanting more at the end. Sure, Adnan was charming and Koenig delivered an intoxicating narrative, but the big picture came screaming into focus. This was a kid sentenced to life in prison (plus 30 years) for a crime he still claims to this day, 15 years later, that he didn't commit.
In recent months, I've been listening to Undisclosed. Remember Rabia Chaudry? She initially introduced Sarah Koenig to the Adnan's case. Well, she and a few of her lawyer buddies produce this podcast, releasing new episodes every Monday, digging deeper into the case, tossing out theories and at times totally shattering the state's case.
At the end of Serial, all we knew was that there was very little (if any) evidence linking Adnan Syed to Hae Min Lee's murder. In fact, there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, and yet he was sentenced.
I'm not a lawyer. The extent of my lawyering experience comes from watching episodes of The Good Wife and Drop Dead Diva (judge away). So what would that be called? An arm chair lawyer? Sure. But I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that with no physical evidence, Adnan was found guilty.
Let me refresh your memory here for a second. O.J. Simposon went on trial in 1995 for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. Physical evidence was stacked against him, placing him at the scene of the crime, leaving him literally red handed. His blood and DNA were all over the crime scene. The victims' blood was found inside his now ever famous white Bronco. His motive was clear. But when it came time to deliberate, the jury found him not guilty, releasing a murderer out onto the streets.
Two wildly publicized murder trials with two very different verdicts. A possibly innocent man imprisoned for life vs. a murderer left roaming the streets (well, not for good. Simpson did eventually land himself a hefty prison sentence for robbery).
Do I think Adnan did it? Like I said before, I'm not a lawyer. But listen to Undisclosed. I think then you'll understand why I believe that he actually might be innocent.
I'm sure you all have some opinions, and I'd really like to hear them. Share below, do you think Adnan is guilty? Have you listened to Undisclosed? If so, what you think about the shocking cell tower information and do you think it totally discredits the state's case? And just for fun, tell me how old you were during the Simpson trial and if you remember any of it.