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Trevor Noah on Adnan Syed's Release: 'American Confuses Fixing a Mistake for a Happy Ending'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | September 21, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | September 21, 2022 |


On Monday, a judge released Adnan Syed from prison after being convicted for the murder of Hae-Min Lee 22 years ago. The release came less than a week after a prosecutor (who was a former public defender) filed a motion to vacate Syed’s conviction based on evidence she unearthed suggesting police didn’t notify the defense of two other possible suspects.

Last night, Trevor Noah covered the topic, noting that — while it’s good news for Adnan Syed — America “confuses fixing a mistake for a happy ending. Like, good news! We got out of Afghanistan! (Why were you there in the first place?) Good news! We got emergency water to Jackson, Mississippi! (Why did they need emergency water)? Good news! We took all the pink slime out of the meat! (The pink what now?)”

Noah attributed Syed’s release not just to podcasts (which he jokes should become part of the judicial system), but the prosecutor, as well. “That prosecutor dug through the case files deeper than she had to and found all sorts of problems with the original prosecution … She said, ‘no, if we’re going to put somebody in prison, it has to be without any doubt.”

“That’s the difference between a justice system that wants justice versus a system that just wants to put people in prison.”

Prosecutors still may retry Adnan Syed, but the odds they will do so are remote. Meanwhile, an investigation continues into the other two suspects.

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