Attorneys for Adnan Syed submit an appeal for new trial ruling

Posted at 7:08 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 12:25:11-04

BALTIMORE — Earlier this year, the man at the center of the popular podcast "Serial" was denied a new trial by Maryland’s highest court.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court is giving Adnan Syed’s attorney more time to appeal that decision.

The courts gave Syed's attorney a deadline of August 19 after their original appeal was July 18. Now, according to Syed's attorney they have officially filed an appeal as of Monday.


The supreme court is Syed’s last hope, after the ruling from Maryland’s Court of Appeals in April. That was a close decision after judges voted 4 to 3 in favor of not granting Syed a new trial.

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His attorney Justin Brown originally filed a motion questioning whether Syed had a sufficient defense at his trial nearly two decades ago. He is serving life in prison in western Maryland, after being convicted of killing his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee, while they were both students at Woodlawn High School.

Maryland's Attorney General brain Frosh did not comment on the extension on the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. His office has defended the state through Syed’s appeal process.

Syed's murder conviction was featured on the podcast 'Serial' and then this year, on an HBO documentary.