HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed comes armed with an agenda and little else

A mere two days before the new HBO documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed debuted the first of its four episodes, its subject had his conviction reinstated for the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend.

Syed is one of the nation’s most famous murder suspects, thanks to the massively viral success of the 2014 podcast Serial, which took a magnifying glass to the case. In 2016, Syed used his very last appeal to argue that he’d had a negligent defense counsel during his 2000 trial for Lee’s murder, suggesting, among other things, …