Maryland appeals court upholds decision overturning 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed's murder conviction

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In a 105-page ruling, the appeals court agreed with a lower court that Syed's right to effective legal representation "was violated by trial counsel's failure to investigate a potential alibi witness".

The state Court of Special Appeals upheld a lower court's decision previous year to overturn Syed's conviction in the strangling of his ex-girlfriend while he was in high school, and sent his case back to a Baltimore court for retrial.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland appeals court has upheld a ruling granting a new trial to a man whose conviction in the murder of his high school sweetheart became the subject of the popular podcast "Serial". A month later, her body was found in a Baltimore-area park. A retired Baltimore judge issued a ruling in June 2016 granting Syed a new trial on the grounds that he received ineffective counsel in 2000 from a defense attorney who failed to cross-examine a state cell expert witness on key evidence. State of Maryland case, upholding a judgement by a circuit court to give Syed another trial.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the state can still appeal to the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Syed's attorney C. Justin Brown tweeted about the successful appeal on Thursday.

"Serial" dived into the case and the popular podcast conjured up questions about Syed's conviction and it led to a new trial.

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The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered records for the number of times a podcast has been streamed or downloaded.

"If the state is so confident in their case, and if they're so confident that Syed is guilty, they should just try the case".

In its opinion Thursday, the three-judge panel affirmed that the defense team's "deficient performance prejudiced Syed's defense", explaining that his counsel failed to contact a potential witness whose alibi could "have raised a reasonable doubt in the mind of at least one juror".

"We are now reviewing today's decision to determine next steps", Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, said in an email.

Brown said he is pleased by the ruling and said he hopes the state won't appeal it.

Brown said he is considering whether to seek Syed's release on bail.

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