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I think they should all be in prison: Adnan, Jay, Sarah Koenig, the listeners, the MailChimp.

The whole Serial thing made me uncomfortable for many reasons–clumsy journalistic practices, race, class, true crime, celebrity–and a Liberal Arts major who knows just when to pause when reading a radio script can’t make that go away. To be fair, I think the popular podcast did shine a light on the huge holes that often exist in policing and in the justice system, and perhaps in its own bumbling way, the show will lead to some greater resolution of a dicey case.

Because he’s Alan Dershowitz, Alan Dershowitz gives his two cents at the Guardian. The opening:

“Everywhere I go, I’m asked whether I think that Adnan Syed ‘did it’, whether he received a fair trial and whether he has any chance of getting his conviction and life sentence reversed.

The answer to the first question is ‘I don’t know’; to the second, ‘no’; and to the third, ‘it will be an uphill struggle, but it is possible – largely due to the podcast itself.’

So many people ask because they’re all talking about the remarkable podcast Serial, which documents the factual weaknesses – and strengths but mostly weaknesses – in the prosecution and conviction of Adnan Masud Syed for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999 when they were both high school students in Baltimore, Maryland. Sarah Koenig, who narrates and co-produces the podcast, turned her reporting about the case into a worldwide conversation about justice, doubts and the limitations of the American legal system.

Koenig, who has re-examined almost every aspect of the prosecution’s case from multiple angles, came to an uncertain conclusion: she believes Syed is probably not guilty, but she can’t swear to it. The evidence she presents raises considerable doubts about the prosecution’s case, but also leaves open the possibility that Syed committed the murder for which he is serving time in prison.”

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The Olivier of oral, Harry Reems, the porn star born Herbert Streicher to two very proud and well-hung parents, just passed away. In all seriousness, his work on the landmark 1972 skin-flick Deep Throat led to years of prosecution on obscenity charges. Reems ultimately was victorious, and converted to Christianity in later life. Margalit Fox, who writes lively copy about dead people, penned his obituary in the New York Times. An excerpt:

Mr. Reems, who began his career in the 1960s as a struggling stage actor, had already made dozens of pornographic films when he starred opposite Ms. Lovelace in Deep Throat.

But where his previous movies were mostly the obscure, short, grainy, plotless stag films known as loops, Deep Throat, which had set design, occasional costumes, dialogue punctuated by borscht-belt humor and an actual plot of sorts, was Cinema.

Mr. Reems played Dr. Young, a physician whose diagnostic brilliance — he locates the rare anatomical quirk that makes Ms. Lovelace’s character vastly prefer oral sex to intercourse — is matched by his capacity for tireless ministration.

“I was always the doctor,” he told New York magazine in 2005, “because I was the one that had an acting background. I would say: ‘You’re having trouble with oral sex? Well, here’s how to do it.’ Cut to a 20-minute oral-sex scene.'”•

William F. Buckley “welcomes” Reems and a wild-haired Alan Dershowitz:

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