Syed, who was convicted of murdering his high school ex-girlfriend, was the subject of the hit podcast “Serial.”
An HBO docu-series about the convicted murderer, "The Case Against Adnan Syed," is set to start on Sunday.
The four-part series explores the continued legal limbo facing Syed, who says he was wrongfully convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
But prosecutors could still appeal that decision.
His lawyers argue that he should be released on bail while he waits for a new trial.
Top criminal defense organizations threw their weight behind Syed's push for a new trial.
The lawyer who brought Adnan Syed's story to "Serial" discusses her book and how the podcast affected her friend's case.
Earlier this week, the State of Maryland filed its appeal in the Adnan Syed case, meeting the 30-day deadline following Judge
And so, after 16 years, several rounds of court proceedings, and a podcast that captured the nation's attention, Adnan Syed has been granted a new trial. As in all serious criminal cases, we can all hope that the evidence will be presented, litigated, and considered fairly, and that the process will be one that gives us confidence in whatever result ensues.
Syed has a real chance with his present motion. If the judge rules in his favor, he'll likely focus heavily on Gutierrez's failure to even pick up the phone and contact McClain -- a choice that, unlike an ultimate decision not to call a witness at trial, is difficult to treat as a legitimate strategic call.
I guess on balance it's a good thing that we're finally reassessing these types of evidence, but ideally the caution and humility we're now seeing would come a lot earlier in the process -- perhaps even before the expert takes the stand in a serious criminal case.
She still can't say whether Adnan Syed killed Hae Min Lee.