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Lawyers ask Supreme Court to review 'Serial' subject's case

Posted at 1:15 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 13:15:00-04

BALTIMORE — The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Adnan Syed’s cert petition. That means they are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

He is the man convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast "Serial."

Defense attorneys for Adnan Syed filed the document this week. It says Syed wasn't given a proper opportunity to investigate an unbiased and credible witness.

Syed's lawyer during the trial, Cristina Gutierrez, failed to contact a woman who said she saw Syed at a library at the time prosecutors say he strangled his ex-girlfriend in 1999.

In a 4 to 3 vote,the Maryland Court of Appeals denied a motion earlier this year for a new trial for Syed.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says the decision has consequences for all defendants with counsel who fail to investigate alibi witnesses.

It is expected to take several months before the Supreme Court of the United States decides whether to review Syed's case.

He was convicted of murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 2000.