The brother of Hae Min Lee submitted notice to the Maryland courts that he intends to appeal the decision last week to overturn the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the hit podcast “Serial.”
Steven Kelly, the attorney for Young Lee, filed notice Wednesday of his intent to appeal the decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. The Baltimore Banner obtained the notice.
The one-paragraph notice offers no argument yet for why he believes the decision should be appealed. In a statement, Kelly said the appeal was based on potential violations to the rights of the family to participate in last week’s hearing.
“The notice of appeal is the first step in seeking the Maryland Court of Special Appeals’ review of the potential violations of Maryland’s victim’s rights statutes in connection with the hearing,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the Baltimore state’s attorney said the office empathizes with the Lee family “who believed they had resolution and are now being retraumatized by the misdeeds of the prior prosecutors.”
“Our responsibility is to ensure that justice is done, and the right person is held accountable,” spokeswoman Zy Richardson said. “We refuse to be distracted from this fundamental obligation and will never give up in our fight for the Lee family.”
Jurors convicted Syed in February 2000 of murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment in Hae Min Lee’s death.
During a hearing last week, Kelly objected to requests from prosecutors and defense attorneys to overturn the verdict, arguing that Young Lee deserved more time to be prepped on newly discovered evidence in the case and given a chance to participate.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn overturned the guilty verdict against Syed in the high-profile case after prosecutors and defense attorneys said they found new evidence of alternate suspects and instances where exculpatory evidence was withheld from Syed’s defense attorneys over the years.
This story may be updated.
Reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.