I recently offered to try and answer questions on twitter regarding the post conviction proceedings in Adnan Syed’s case. I thought it might be helpful to answer some of the questions on my blog and provide some legal background. I’m going to try and do this in multiple posts to make the information easier to digest and to keep you from glazing over. As a caveat, I have not been present for the multi-day hearing and I’m not totally informed on the evidence that has come out in court, but as most of you know- there is some fantastic coverage out there. I’ve particularly enjoyed the coverage on the Frisky. […]
I’ll translate this into plain language in an update to this post, but here are the fundamentals of Brady: In Brady v. Maryland, the United States Supreme Court held that the state’s suppression of exculpatory evidence at trial violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. To prevail on a Brady claim, Petitioner[…]
Under the current law in Maryland you are entitled to only one post conviction petition and one hearing on that petition. If you have lost your post conviction petition and your Application for Leave to Appeal from the denial of your post conviction, you next option may be to file a Motion to Reopen a closed post conviction. A Motion to Reopen is filed in the circuit court. Oftentimes, it goes back to the judge who denied the post conviction petition. In some counties, there is a single judge who reviews all Motions to Reopen and decides whether it will be denied or be assigned to a judge to consider the merits. The applicable standard in determining whether to reopen a closed post conviction is “in the interests of justice.” In other words, the court must ask, is it in the interests of justice to give this person another chance to argue that something went wrong with the trial or guilty plea. This standard is a broad, ill-defined standard, but one recognized basis is ineffective assistance of post conviction counsel. […]
Below are some recently decided criminal law cases from the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals. Coming soon- I will post about Petitions for Writ Actual Innocence and the body of case law that is developing on the issue. Two of the most recent decisions on Petitions for Writ of Actual Innocence were decided recently and are covered below. […]
Post Conviction in Maryland. What it is and what it isn’t.
Post convictions are lost far more often than they are won. Your post conviction is your last guaranteed opportunity to appear before a judge. Consult with an experienced attorney. Call Erica J. Suter at 301.880.7118. Collect calls accepted. firstname.lastname@example.org […]
I hope to provide useful information to readers regarding Maryland postconviction law in plain language for lawyers and nonlawyers alike.