Updated at 12:24 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not consider an appeal filed by convicted killer Adnan Syed, the main subject of the first season of the podcast Serial, leaving in place a state appeals court decision keeping him in prison for life.

The high court did not provide an explanation for why justices declined to hear Syed's appeal.

Syed is serving a life sentence after a jury convicted him in 2000 of strangling his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, whose body was found in Baltimore.

Drug companies may try to turn the tables on Cuyahoga County in the coming federal opioid trial, presenting evidence on the troubled the county jail and in the department of children and family services in an effort to minimize the role of their drugs in local problems.

With jury selection scheduled to begin next week and opening statements set for Oct. 21, attorneys for both sides are disputing which evidence and witnesses should be presented at trial.

Starting in January, people caught in Euclid with small amounts of marijuana will no longer be looking at six months in jail—and they have the podcast Serial to thank.

The city is reclassifying low-level marijuana possession as a minor misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $150.


The third season of the hit podcast "Serial" has proven just as popular as its two predecessors, thanks in large part to an Ohio State University graduate and former WOSU intern.

Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General, Steve Dettlebach, left, and Republican candidate Dave Yost, right.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The candidates for Ohio Attorney General, Steve Dettlebach and Dave Yost, talked criminal justice reform in their first debate. The discussion came after an audience member asked a question referencing the hit podcast "Serial" that's been shining a harsh light on Cleveland courts and police.

'Serial' Inspires New Cleveland State Law School Course

Oct 22, 2018
The third season of the Serial podcast is set in a Cleveland court house.
Serial Podcast

Local law students are getting a new insight into the Cuyahoga County justice system thanks to the latest season of Serial. A new Cleveland State University law school course will focus on the popular podcast.

The hit podcast Serial has turned its attention to Cleveland's Justice Center for its third season.  The first two episodes, about the case of a young woman charged with hitting a police officer in a bar fight and a judge who belittles and chastizes the defendants who come before him, have already cast a harsh light on the proceedings there.  A local attorney, Rebecca Maurer, is providing a counternarrative and context for the podcast through her blog, SerialLand.  

Updated at 8:16 p.m. ET

Maryland's second-highest court has ruled that Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction served as a subject for the hit podcast Serial, deserves a new trial. The decision issued Thursday by the Court of Special Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that Syed's counsel in his original murder trial was deficient and ineffective.