Less than a month ago, a judge vacated Adnan Syed's murder conviction and granted him a retrial. His primary reasoning was that Syed received ineffective counsel because his attorney didn't cross-examine the state's expert about cell tower data.
Now, Maryland's attorney general has filed documents saying they plan to appeal the decision and ask that the retrial be put on hold while the appeal process plays out.
Syed has been in prison since 2000 serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, but his case didn't begin to garner attention until the story was featured on season one of the Serial podcast in 2014.
Both Syed's lawyer and a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office have declined to comment. Discuss
The last remaining charge against the pair of anti-abortion activists who videotaped themselves undercover trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood was dropped today.
David Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 63, had their final charge of tampering with government records dropped by a Texas judge. The pair was accused of using fake driver's licenses to go undercover and try to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. They believed that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling the tissue to researchers for a profit.
The dismissal of the bogus, politically motivated charges against [Center for Medical Progress] project lead David Daleiden and investigator Sandra Merritt is a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood's political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny.
Planned Parenthood also made a statement in response to the charges being dropped:
Planned Parenthood provides high-quality, compassionate health care and has been cleared of any wrongdoing time and again. Daleidan and other anti-abortion extremists, on the other hand, spent three years creating a fake company, creating fake identities, and lying. When they couldn’t find any improper or illegal activity, they made it up. They spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood in order to advance their anti-abortion agenda. The decision to drop the prosecution on a technicality does not negate the fact that the only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the extremists behind this fraud.
Had they been convicted, the charges could have carried sentences of up to 20 years. Discuss
Fact: Watching Alfonso Ribeiro doing the “Carlton Dance,” made famous on Fresh Prince, never gets old. It NEVER gets old, and is the ultimate crowd-pleaser, even while out on a golf course. At the recent American Century Championship tournament in Lake Tahoe, NBA star Steph Curry, Justin Timberlake and Carlton and himself, Alfonso Ribeiro, hit the links together, and seemed to have a pretty good time. And, as this video shows, they did a lot of dancing. Somewhere, Tom Jones is smiling. Discuss
According to authorities in France, an 86-year-old priest was murdered by two men, who claimed to be linked to ISIS, inside of his own church in France. The two individuals stormed the Catholic church, taking several hostages—including two nuns and two parishioners—and, according to some reports, beheaded the priest. One of the other hostages was also badly injured. The attackers were killed by police. President Francois Hollande called it a “cowardly assassination,” and vowed that his country would continue to fight the radical Islamic group.
France has been targeted by several high-profile terror attacks, including the murder of the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year, a mass shooting targeting concert goers and people eating at cafes in Paris and, recently, an attack carried out by man who rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. Discuss