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‘Serial’ confirms second and third series

Good news podcast fans - Serial is set to fill your ears with more investigative intrigue from this autumn. 

In a newsletter to fans, the series' creator and host Sarah Koenig announced that the new series would arrive "this fall" (American for autumn), with a third season confirmed for next spring (American for spring). 

"Sorry - we can’t tell you details about the new stories yet," writes Koenig. "What we can say is that they’re very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us."

The newsletter also provided an update on the case of Adnan Syed - one of the central figures of the original series, former boyfriend of Baltimore teen Hae Min Lee, who was convicted of her murder. 

"In an unusual move last week, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals remanded part of Adnan's case back to circuit court. Back in 2013, the circuit court had denied Adnan’s post-conviction petition, in which he claimed ineffective assistance of counsel based largely on the argument that his attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, failed to pursue - or even contact - Asia McClain as an alibi witness.

Serial author Sarah Koenig

"The appeals court’s order does not mean Adnan will get a new trial. Nor does it mean that the circuit has to agree to hear Asia’s testimony. But with this order, the appeals court has certainly cracked open a door. And anytime a court opens a door to new testimony – new fact-finding – that’s a big deal for the appellee. In other words, good news for Adnan. It’s likely that once the Asia issue gets sorted out in circuit court, the Court of Special Appeals will take up the case again."

So, some good news for Adnan, and even better news for your weekly commute.

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