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‘Serial’ subject Adnan Syed, sentenced to life for ex-girlfriend’s murder, walks free after 23 years

  • Adnan Syed, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, was released on Monday after a judge overturned his conviction.
  • In explaining her decision, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn said evidence that could have led to other suspects was not properly turned over by prosecutors to defense attorneys.
  • Syed’s case became the subject of the hit podcast “Serial,” which subsequently sparked a true-crime podcasting fever.
  • Phinn’s decision does not mean Syed is innocent; he may face a new trial should prosecutors pursue one.

Adnan Syed, the Baltimore man sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, was released on Monday after a judge overturned his conviction over material shortcomings.

City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn said trial prosecutors failed to properly turn over evidence to defense lawyers that could have pointed to other suspects in Lee’s murder. A year-long case review resulted in two alternative suspects.

Sentencing of South Korean teen who ‘accidentally’ stabbed grandmother 60 times for nagging sparks anger

South Korean Teen murder
  • A 19-year-old South Korean teenager stabbed his grandmother 60 times, reportedly out of anger due to her nagging. His 17-year-old brother assisted him by shutting their home’s windows.
  • The South Korean court ruled the murder as “accidental” and gave lenient sentences, sparking online criticisms against the country’s judicial system.

The South Korean court has ruled the murder of a grandmother as “accidental” after her teen grandson brutally stabbed her 60 times.

A 19-year-old South Korean man was found guilty of fatally stabbing his grandmother 60 times. His 17-year-old younger brother assisted in the murder by closing the windows of their home to cover up their 77-year-old grandmother’s screams, according to The Korea Herald.

Elderly man with PTSD from SF Chinatown baseball bat attack sues DA Chesa Boudin for mishandling his case

  • Anh Lê, 69, was walking around San Francisco’s Chinatown on Nov. 2, 2019 when a father-and-son duo threatened to kill him and attacked him with a baseball bat.
  • San Francisco police managed to arrest the suspects, but a new lawsuit has been filed alleging the District Attorney’s Office mishandled the case.
  • Lê described the attack as the “most brutal, terrifying, and humiliating experience” of his life and voiced fears over a similar incident happening again.

An elderly Asian American man who fell victim to a brutal attack in broad daylight in San Francisco two years ago is launching a federal lawsuit against the city’s District Attorney’s Office for allegedly mishandling his case and mistreating him in the process.

Anh Lê, 69, was out for a walk in Chinatown on Nov. 2, 2019, when a father-and-son duo threatened to kill him and repeatedly struck him with a baseball bat. He managed to call 911 after running away as far as he could.

Myanmar model-actor Paing Takhon named world’s ‘Most Handsome Face,’ sentenced to jail in same week

Myanmar model and actor Paing Takhon
  • Model and actor Paing Takhon from Myanmar was sentenced to three years in jail with hard labor for his participation in pro-democracy protests earlier in 2021.
  • News of his sentencing broke at the same time entertainment website TC Candler named him the “Most Handsome Face” of 2021.
  • TC Candler captioned their clip of Paing Takhon with the words “Free this man.”

Model and actor Paing Takhon was sentenced to three years in jail for speaking out during protests in Myanmar, in the same week he was named the “Most Handsome Face” of 2021 by entertainment site TC Candler. 

Takhon was named the world’s “Most Handsome Face” of 2021, coinciding with the model and actor’s sentencing this week for his support of the anti-coup protests in Myanmar earlier this year. He was arrested in April, following his public support of protestors on social media. 

Human rights journalist in Vietnam sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for ‘conducting propaganda’

Pham Doan Trang

A renowned journalist dubbed the “leading voice for human rights” in Vietnam by Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah was recently sentenced to nine years in prison. 

The trial: On Tuesday, Hanoi People’s Court judges found the 43-year-old, award-winning Vietnamese writer Pham Doan Trang guilty of “conducting propaganda against the state,” CNN reported. 

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai convicted over June Tiananmen Square vigil

Hong Kong Activist Jimmy Lai Convicted

Jimmy Lai and two other pro-democracy activists were convicted Thursday for their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen candlelight vigil under the new law that criminalizes unauthorized assembly.

Convicted activists: Lai, along with vice chairperson of the disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China Chow Hang-tung and activist and former reporter Gwyneth Ho, were convicted for taking part in or inciting others to join the candlelight vigil in 2020, according to CBS News.

‘I can’t give you a motive’: Prosecutors clueless why Chicago Chinatown killer shot 71-year-old man

chicago 71-year-old man shot chinatown

Prosecutors are still reportedly clueless about the motives behind the seemingly callous murder of a 71-year-old Chinese man near an elementary school in Chicago’s Chinatown on Tuesday.

What happened: Prosecutors at the bond hearing on Thursday could only explain that “sometimes individuals just do evil things” as they tried to determine why Alphonso Joyner, 23, shot and killed Woom Sing Tse, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

Baltimore man who attacked two Asian Americans with cinder block pleads not criminally responsible

Man who hit Asian American women in Baltimore with cinder block pleads not criminally responsible

The Baltimore man who hit two Asian American women with a cinder block inside a liquor store has entered a not criminally responsible plea.

His plea: Darryl Doles, the 50-year-old assailant who is facing several charges including attempted murder, made the plea through his defense attorney at the Baltimore City Circuit Court on Thursday, according to CBS Baltimore.

‘A dangerous precedent’: George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, other celebs angered over Rittenhouse verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse

Asian celebrities and activists took to Twitter on Friday to share their thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting trial after a jury in Kenosha found him not guilty on all counts.

Background: The 18-year-old was on trial this month after fatally shooting two people and wounding another with an AR-15 rifle during the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality in August 2020.

Missouri man who allegedly killed wife tells court he considered divorce before her death


The Missouri man who allegedly murdered his Chinese wife, Mengqi Ji, admitted that he had considered divorcing Ji before her death but did not seek legal counsel.

Their relationship: Joseph Elledge took to the stand on Tuesday to give further details about his unstable relationship with Ji, 28, that resulted in her death following a physical argument on the night of Oct. 8, 2019, according to the Associated Press