by David McFadden The Associated Press Posted

first_img by David McFadden, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2018 5:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BALTIMORE — Maryland’s highest court on Thursday will hear arguments in the high-profile case of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit “Serial” podcast that attracted millions of armchair detectives.The Maryland Court of Special Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in Adnan Syed’s long-running case. He was convicted in 2000 of strangling his high school sweetheart and burying her body in Baltimore’s Leakin Park. He’s been serving a life sentence ever since.But a Baltimore judge vacated his conviction two years ago and a court ordered a new trial after concluding that his trial lawyer was ineffective. The state appealed. Earlier this year, the special appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling. The state appealed that decision, too.Now, Maryland’s top court is reviewing a decision that could reinstate Syed’s conviction for the slaying of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee.The court has granted the state the opportunity to make its arguments that Syed’s trial lawyer, the late Cristina Gutierrez, was not ineffective and Syed’s constitutional right to counsel was never violated. It granted Syed’s legal team the chance to make its case touching on key cellphone evidence.University of Baltimore law professorDavid Jarossaid the fact that a court had found that there was “ineffective assistance of counsel” was itself remarkable since it happens so rarely. That alone makes Syed’s case something of an outlier, he said.“Ineffective assistance of counsel claims are exceedingly hard to bring. And the bar for what is an effective assistance of counsel is remarkably and shockingly low, with courts actually holding that defendants had effective representation even though their lawyer fell asleep at the trial,” Jaros said in a phone interview.But what also makes Syed’s case notable is the huge amount of attention it has received. Syed became a sort of cause celebre due to the hugely popular “Serial” podcast, which debuted in 2014 with the entirety of its first season dedicated to the case.The show shattered podcast-streaming and downloading records. “Serial” revealed little-known evidence, raising new questions about the case and whether Syed was indeed guilty.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfaddDavid McFadden, The Associated Press Maryland’s top court to hear arguments in “Serial” case FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East prior to a hearing in Baltimore. Maryland’s highest court is set to hear arguments in the high-profile case of Syed whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit “Serial” podcast. Two years after a new trial was ordered for Syed, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, will hear oral arguments in the case. He was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in a Baltimore park. Syed is serving a life sentence. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File) last_img read more

Work begins to install underground bins along Larnaca beach areas

first_imgWork began on Tuesday to install underground bins in the Phinkoudes, Mitsopoulos and Makenzy coastal areas of Larnaca.An announcement from Larnaca municipality said the work, which will take several weeks to complete was being done within the framework of its solid waste-reduction programme.The 64 bins will be placed at 16 points. The municipality said the work was being carried out in a way so as to cause minimum inconvenience to visitors.“With the installation of the bins the problem of the visual pollution of the existing green bins will be radically resolved as well as the problem of odours especially during the summer months. It will also increase the amount of recyclable materials collected from coastal recreation centres and hotels through the sorting of solid waste at source,” it said.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more