So here's what this new episode teaches us:
1. Either Jay or Adnan is a brilliant pathological liar.
2. My opinions are so malleable episode to episode and I'm basically the most gullible person ever, which I think is the point of the series.
Also, this from an attorney on reddit:
Adnan did not testify at his trial???????
That is an absolute game changer for me. And I write this as a criminal defense attorney who is intimately familiar with the 5th Amendment.
I think the 5th Amendment is great. I think the burden of proving a crime should be entirely on the government, and that a defendant should not have to testify, and that a juror can make no adverse inference from a failure to testify.
Jurors are human beings, and they want to hear from the defendant. And if the defendant does not testify, that is an obstacle for the defense. I have successfully defended people who did not testify. This happens mainly when clients tell me they did it, but want to go to trial anyway. I can't put them on the stand where they will lie, so I attack the government's case from the perspective of confusion and procedural mistakes.
If a client was charged with murder, and they were adamant to me that they did not do it, and had no idea who did? I would absolutely put them on the stand. I would insist on it. Let the jury hear the passion and resolution in their voices. A star athlete and student like Adnan with no priors? If I had represented him, he would have testified. The chances of acquittal go up dramatically when the defendant testifies and proclaims his absolute innocence. I have had particular success in getting charges dismissed at the preliminary hearing using this method.
If Adnan told me he did it, then I would have proceeded exactly like his attorney did- go after Jay and the police process of investigation.
Clearly, SK has planned these episodes to arc from belief in Adnan's innocence to thinking he was involved with Jay and the crime to, I assume, proof that Adnan did it- maybe the last episode will be a sullen meeting with the UVA team.
Again, I am utterly flabbergasted that someone like Adnan who is adamant about his complete innocence did not testify at his own trial.