I don’t deny I am relieved that Serial is over. Not that it wasn’t a tremendous expose on Adnan’s case, and the result of so much time and effort by Sarah and her team which I’ll always appreciate, and its literally breathed new life into future prospects of exoneration. But because as difficult as it was for the general public to swing back and forth between sides, guided effortlessly by Sarah, it was even harder on those who know and love Adnan.
We never knew what parts of the story Sarah would chose to tell, and how she would chose to tell it. And I promise you, the parts you tell and how you tell it make all the difference in what the world hears. So we would wait to see which way the wind blew each week, and often wonder why Sarah left out certain things. In a way, as Sarah wondered if Adnan was manipulating her, we all wondered if Sarah was doing the same thing to us. Continue reading
Circa 1998 or 1999, the “band of brothers” from the local mosque. Dead center, and channeling the unibomber, is Saad. Adnan looks over his right shoulder. I see one Deep Throat in the pic too, hovering like a confused, slighted Judas. Don’t ask about Mr. Ski-mask. He’s wigging me out too.
“FITNAH”: Arabic word denoting a trial, tribulation, difficulty, chaos, hypocrisy, confusing truth with falsehood, disagreement among people, persecution. Fitnah can be a situation, a thing, and even a person.
“RUMOR”: A currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth.
The rumors in this episode began in earnest on Reddit, the root of much fitnah, in the form of one “sachabacha”, who wrote in ALL CAPS THAT ADNAN IS A PSYCHOPATH. Between sachabacha, me, Saad, and Yusuf, it escalated. It’s natural, when someone talks smack about someone you love, to step up. We did, and then we stepped back, pulled Yusuf off of the sub, and decided to let the guy get it out of his system. Continue reading
It pains my heart to look at this and know that he had no idea what was coming at him later this year
Having never had an actual conversation with Cristina Gutierrez, I can’t say for sure how she felt about Adnan or his guilt or innocence. It would seem, from Episode 10, that she was broken up after the trial which could have been from either from her believing an innocent client just got convicted or that she just felt bad for having lost a trial. I can’t say for sure because from what I know she never spoke the family about it either.
His other attorneys did though. I visited Justin Brown, Adnan’s appellate attorney, yesterday to discuss the case and then asked if he would do a little update on the post-conviction as well as comment on how he feels about Adnan’s guilt or innocence. Here he is:
Then, Chris Flohr, one of Adnan’s original attorneys, stopped my office. He was kind enough to join my weekly hangout with Pete and spoke at length about his frustration with the case and how he remembered Adnan from 15 years ago. Chris, along with others, will join an advisory board I’m creating for Adnan’s grassroots campaign. We are both excited that he’s back with this case.