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Forget Everything You Know

At the Columbia School of Journalism, thanks to Sharaf Mowjood and the South Asian Journalists Association.

At the Columbia School of Journalism, thanks to Sharaf Mowjood, President of the South Asian Journalists Association, and mimic extraordinaire. Full video here.

I never intended a tour, but it looks like it’s turning into one.  Starting with Stanford Law School a few weeks ago, American Law last week, and Columbia Journalism on Friday, the next few months will take me to about a dozen other venues to speak about Adnan’s case and, naturally, Serial.  In at least half of these places, a good friend is the organizer and invited me, and heck I can’t say no to a friend.  That, and the fact that the venues are packed, often sold out quickly, means people really have been impacted by Adnan’s story.  I keep thinking at some point the public will tire and move on, but am so grateful that it’s not happened.  I also worry that I’ll keep saying the same things over and over, and there is certainly some repetition, but even so every event so far has drawn out different information and discussions.  Makes sense of course, a conversation with law students will certainly sound different than one with journalism students. Continue reading

Perjury, Witness Tampering, Obstruction of Justice, and it’s only Tuesday!

It's too late. He already wrecked himself. Also thanks to the Tweeter who came up with this ;)

It’s too late. He already wrecked himself. Also thanks to the Tweeter who came up with this 😉 Natasha Vargas-Cooper, how you feeling about Urick now?

Urick is ok with obstructing both truth and justice. He lied to Asia, and he lied under oath during the post conviction appeal hearing.

I learned that a couple of months ago, when Asia McClain, having heard “Serial”, stepped up and contacted Adnan’s lawyer, Justin Brown. Yes I’ve known about this, as have other key folks, but of course it was kept under wraps until Justin took it to court.  And for the record, it was Asia who came forward, none of us ever contacted her. I have not seen or spoken or reached out to her in 15 years. It was the sheer power of Sarah’s work and the podcast that made her realize what happened, and I am again and again thankful to Sarah for that.

Asia never told Urick that she wrote her letters or the affidavit she gave to me under duress, he lied about it.  She called him after our private investigator reached out to her a couple of years ago – she was confused and wanted to know what was going on in the case. Urick assured her that Adnan had been convicted with overwhelming evidence (which he actually repeated in the Intercept interview – maybe he does not understand what the word ‘overwhelming’ actually means), and literally told her NOT TO TESTIFY at the hearing. Continue reading

California Dreaming

Today I do my first public appearance to speak about Adnan’s case and Serial. I’ll be at Stanford Law School, a great pleasure for me, but it’s not the only reason I’m in California right now.

For the past few years I’ve worked in the field of CVE (“Countering Violent Extremism”), which is less sexy, cool or controversial as it may sound (but plenty has to be said about it, which merits future articles and posts).  To that end, on Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a unique summit hosted by YouTube that brought together Muslim leaders from around the country, CVE experts, YouTube celebrities, and technical experts to explore creative ways being used by some amazing young Muslim Americans to tell their stories.  Its in that telling, if done well enough, that we’ll be able to elevate authentic narratives about the lives everyday Muslims lead, and the kinds of good work they do, to counter the ugly that is online (and IRL). That ugly comes from two major sources: violent extremists who are Muslims, and anti-Muslim bigots.  Continue reading

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