November 14, 2014

For now my takeaway from this episode is this - its not just cops who work with a confirmation bias. It's all of us. And the only way to overcome that bias is to get as thorough an investigation possible, as many facts on the table as are humanly possible, before drawing conclusions. But that wasn't done in this case, and apparently isn't done in most cases. And it's how and why the system fails people like Adnan. Read more

November 7, 2014

The wind is fickle and so are people. In the past few weeks the tenor of conversations shifted so significantly against Adnan, it was demoralizing. I wanted to stop reading the Reddit threads positing the many reasons and ways Adnan killed Hae, but I was a spectator surrounded by accidents. I couldn't look away. Every so often a timid soul would emerge via private message and reassure me that they believed Adnan was innocent, and they believed me when I said no one pressured Asia into writing those documents. Read more

October 31, 2014

You may think that today was a particularly bad day for those of us on #TeamAdnan. You would be wrong. Read more

October 29, 2014

I realized that while I and others close to Adnan were mired in the minutiae of both the case and show, we were part of that case and show for the public. Our interactions online were being discussed, we were being judged and assessed, we were adding both entertainment and substantive value to the discourse. We were also characters in the larger story. Read more

October 27, 2014

Volunteer EMT and star track runner FTW. Read more

October 24, 2014

Now, according to Serial's investigation and plotting the cell towers for the rest of the day, until about 6pm, Jay's testimony does not match the cell towers, as I mentioned earlier. From around 1pm to around 3:45-4:15 Jay was at Jenn's house (according to Jen), and got a call he was expecting at which point he left. As I said in my last post, in that time frame, two calls were actually made to Jenn's house. While apparently Jay was actually there. I haven't seen this explained yet but I have to wonder - was Jay actually ever at Jenn's house that afternoon? Read more

October 17, 2014

My theory is that Mr. S wasn't connected to Hae's death but heard something from someone about her being buried there, in that exact spot. I'm not saying its weird for a streaker to be so concerned about privacy that he walked 127 feet into the woods to take a quick leak (mm hmm) but I am saying that there is no way her body could have been found (given how it was buried as explained in the show) unless you knew exactly where to look for her. Or unless you were a bloodhound. Read more

October 8, 2014

"Dating" among Muslims and Southasians is tricky. So tricky that most people aren't even comfortable calling it dating. Among the euphemisms used for dating are: seeing someone, talking to someone, with someone, involved. But dating? That's not allowed. So while episode 2 of the podcast may have shocked and astonished the broader public listening, I can guarantee most Muslims raised in the West, and even kids of immigrant parents from Southasia writ large, were nodding their heads at Adnan's story." Read more

October 3, 2014

“Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle. She died young.” ― John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi The facts of Adnan’s case will unravel over the next few months with the new show from This American Life called “Serial”. In the first episode you’ll hear the background of the case and how I tracked down an alibi witness that was with Adnan during the time of the murder. A witness his lawyer never contacted. A witness who was never brought to his trial. A... Read more

September 10, 2014

I am certainly missing many other reasons women stay with their abusers, but these are just a few I’ve heard from women over the years. In the same time, and at fairly progressive masaajid, I’ve requested khutbahs on the topic, requested DV workshops, requested resources be made available in the women’s restrooms or women’s worship areas, but was usually rebuffed. I’ve been told more than once it’s not a topic relevant to the community, or that the Imam did not want to embarrass the brothers at Jummah. Read more

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