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Maryland judge to review ‘Serial’ murder case

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A Maryland judge on Wednesday will begin hearing the case of a man whose 2000 murder conviction was called into question by a “Serial” podcast that was downloaded millions of times.

The three-day hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court will examine cellphone tower records and a potential alibi for Adnan Syed, 35, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, in 1999, and is serving a life sentence.

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Syed’s attorney, C. Justin Brown, told the Baltimore Sun he would ask Judge Martin Welch for a retrial.

Welch in November ordered a hearing to look into questions raised by Brown over cellphone tower records that prosecutors used to show that Syed was at the site in a park where Lee was buried.

Syed’s lawyers have said in court papers that phone company AT&T had indicated when it provided the data that incoming calls could not be used to determine location, but prosecutors used records on incoming calls to convict him.

Welch also will hear testimony from Asia McClain, a high school classmate, on a possible alibi for Syed. McClain did not testify in the trial, but said in an affidavit that she saw Syed at a library around the time of Lee’s murder.

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The killing was the subject of the podcast “Serial” in October 2014. The podcast, released by public radio station WBEZ in Chicago, has been downloaded more than 68 million times, CBS reported last year.

In May, a ruling from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals opened the door for Syed to call McClain as a witness. The court returned the case to Baltimore City Circuit Court to reopen post-conviction proceedings.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady

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MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.

"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."

Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.

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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case

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Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."

She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.

"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."

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WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial

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President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."

"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."

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