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Serial subject Adnan Syed will get a new trial

30 March 2018

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a prior ruling that Syed should receive a new trial, according to multiple reports.

A Baltimore man whose 2000 conviction for murder was chronicled in the smash-hit podcast Serial has been granted a retrial by a Maryland judge.

Syed has spent the past 18 years in prison.

In writing the Court of Special Appeals opinion, which was released Thursday at 1 p.m., Chief Judge Patrick L. Woodward wrote that a "deficient performance" by Syed's attorney during his initial trial - namely, her failure to call a witness named Asia McClain - "prejudiced Syed's defense".

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"Serial" dived into the case and the popular podcast conjured up questions about Syed's conviction and it led to a new trial. The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered podcast records. He has maintained his innocence throughout the case. Prosecutors appealed that decision to the appellate court.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals filed an opinion on the Adnan Syed v.

The podcast star's lawyer said defense attorney Cristina Gutierrez - who passed away in 2004 - had fallen "below the standard of reasonable judgment" by not investigating McClain in the original trial.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement his office is "currently reviewing today's decision to determine next steps".

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Thursday's decision is a result of a 2016 ruling in which a judge vacated Syed's 2000 conviction. "We're ready to try the case", Brown said. Syed has been incarcerated since his arrest in February 1999 for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Brown said that after Syed learned the court had upheld the ruling granting him a new trial, he wanted to "convey his deep gratitude and thanks from the bottom of his heart for all those people who have supported him this long and all those people who have believed in him".

Brown said if the case were to go to trial, "we like our chances - we like them a lot".

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Serial subject Adnan Syed will get a new trial