Part 3: ‘Justice Is Arbitrary’
Directed by Amy Berg
With Syed’s 2016 post-conviction hearing for appeal drawing to a close, figures in the case reflect on issues raised by the original trial, including misleading cellphone records and new cell tower data, questionable interviews, and gaps in information related to Jay Wilds’ involvement. The polarized culture in which the trial took place reveals a Korean community uniting to demand a conviction from a city they felt had systematically overlooked them, and a Pakistani-Muslim community that felt Adnan’s religion and ethnicity were on trial. Memories of events are questioned and the impact of the podcast Serial on those involved in the story is explored. Attorney Susan Simpson, along with others, is enlisted to further probe lingering questions around the State’s case against Syed.
Despite being granted a new trial, Syed and his attorneys contend with the State’s repeated appeals, while a competitive primary race for Baltimore City State’s Attorney has the potential to affect the case’s future.