Lawyers ask Supreme Court to review ‘Serial’ subject’s case
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lawyers for a Maryland man convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast “Serial” are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
News outlets report defense attorneys for Adnan Syed filed an amicus brief 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.
Maryland’s Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, 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.
This story has been corrected to show that Maryland’s highest court is the Court of Appeals, not the Maryland Supreme Court.