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Adnan Syed is hired as a Georgetown prison reform impersonator


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Adnan Syedwho was released from a Maryland prison this year after his business has been the focus of the true-crime podcast “Serial,” has been hired by Georgetown University as a program fellow for the university’s Prisons and Justice Initiative, the university said.

Syed began working this month for an initiative that advocates for others in the criminal justice system, the university wrote Wednesday.

In his new role, Syed will support Georgetown’s “Making an Exoneree” class, in which students pursue decades-old wrongful convictions, create short documentaries about the cases, and work to help bring innocent people home from prison, the university wrote in an online ad.

“The PJI team and programs can greatly benefit from Adnan’s experience, insight and commitment to serving incarcerated and returning citizens,” the organization tweeted.

Syed was one of 25 incarcerated students in Georgetown’s first undergraduate liberal arts program at the Patuxent Institute in Jessup, Md., during the year before his release, the university said.

“To go from prison to Georgetown to be a student at Georgetown and then be on campus on my way to work at Georgetown in the Prison and Justice Initiative is a full-circle moment,” Syed said in the university’s announcement. “PJI changed my life. It changed my family’s life. I hope I can have the same impact on others.”

Syed, 41, hopes to continue his studies at Georgetown and eventually attend law school.

After spending 23 years in prison, he walked from a Baltimore courthouse in September after a judge overturned his conviction for the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee, Syed’s ex-girlfriend.

Baltimore County District Court Judge Melissa Finn ordered his release at the request of prosecutors, who said they recently uncovered new evidence.

Prosecutors said a reinvestigation of the case turned up evidence of possible involvement of two other suspects. Prosecutors said the two suspects may have been involved individually or together.

The suspects were known at the time of the initial investigation and were not properly ruled out or disclosed to the defense, prosecutors said.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office also cited the new results of the DNA analysis, which was conducted using more advanced techniques than when the evidence in the case was first examined. Recent testing eliminated Sayed as a suspect, prosecutors said.

Syed has always maintained his innocence. His case captured the attention of millions in 2014, when the debut season of “Seriously” focused on Lee’s murder and cast doubt on some of the evidence used by prosecutors. The program broke podcast streaming and download records.


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