Paul Cassell, who is Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law and a university distinguished professor at the College of Law, has spoken with national media outlets about the Appelate Court of Maryland’s recent ruling that reinstates the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case was the focus of the popular podcast Serial.
The court ruled that in vacating Syed’s conviction, a lower court violated crime victims’ rights laws by not providing adequate advanced notice to the family members of Hae Min Lee, whom Syed had been accused of murdering.
Cassell, one of the nation’s leading experts in crime victims’ rights, told the New York Times that “…what this case shows is when the spotlight is on, and when attorneys are available to assert victims’ rights, then victims’ rights are respected.”
Adnan Syed case pits victims’ rights against justice reform
The Associated Press