Serial Almost Got Busted for Using Courtroom Audio

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Serial producer Sarah Koenig
Serial producer Sarah Koenig on the Colbert Report

Sarah Koenig’s use of tapes from Adnan Syed’s initial trial helped catapult Serial to massive popularity. But it may have been pushing the boundaries of radio a little too far.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland officials considered contempt charges for the Serial producers over the audio. That’s because Maryland law bars recording of any kind in the courtroom.

Koenig explained that she got incorrect legal advice, pleading “blissful ignorance.” That was enough to convince the state not to pursue penalties. But when Syed returns for his new trial, audio from the courtroom probably won’t be part of the next episodes.

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