Trial Transcripts - Missing Pages

After Adnan's trial, his parents purchased a set of the trial transcripts from the courts. These were used by several different legal teams, over several rounds of legal appeals. In 2014 Adnan's parents lent the papers to Sarah Koenig. Sarah used them in her research for Serial along with other documents provided by the Rahmans, Baltimore Police Department and other sources. The Serial team scanned the documents and at some point shared the electronic copies with Adnan's parents. They in turn allowed Rabia to share them with readers of her blog Some pages were not included in the digital version of the transcripts.

Since Serial made Adnan's case so widely know, there was a lot of public interest, and a number of enterprising internet users tried to get copies of the missing parts of the transcripts from various Maryland public institutions, using Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests, but were denied either because the files were in use, or the cost was prohibitive. Eventually (an anonymous) someone was successful and posted the missing pages online. These have been reintegrated into the transcripts.

Unfortunately a small number of pages are still missing. The (unknown) institution had some transcripts that were in some way slightly different to the originals, which is unusual. We don't know the exact reason for or details of the difference, only that it results in the line numbering and page numbering being slightly out of sync. The unfortunate result is that pages which were needed don't quite match up with the pages that were provided. In other cases, such as the entire day's transcript for Dec 8, 1999, it seems that simply no-one noticed or cared that that transcript was missing, so it was not requested.

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