Oral Argument in State of Maryland v. Adnan Syed:

Oral Argument in State of Maryland v. Adnan Syed:

I wanted to get this out sooner, but I’ve been swamped with my own cases.  By now, much has already been written and discussed regarding oral argument in State v. Syed.  Journalists published their articles that day and you can now purchase an audio of the arguments from the Court of Special Appeals and draw your own conclusions. So, I’ll try and narrow my focus a bit.  […]

Adnan Syed and the Appeal of the Post Conviction Decision:

Adnan Syed and the Appeal of the Post Conviction Decision:

As you know, on June 30, 2016, the post conviction court vacated Adnan Syed’s convictions and granted him a new trial.  The post conviction court found that Syed’s trial counsel’s failure to cross examine the State’s expert  on the unreliability of incoming call cell phone data  was deficient and that that error created a substantial possibility that the result of the trial would have been different.  […]

Guilty Plea Problem

Guilty Plea Problem

95% of felony convictions in the United States are obtained through guilty pleas according to a campaign by the Innocence Project and Innocence Network that you can read more about here.  22 states and the District of Columbia expressly permit those who have entered guilty pleas to seek DNA testing to prove their innocence.  Maryland[…]

Appealing Your Conviction

Appealing Your Conviction

If you were convicted following a trial in a circuit court in Maryland, you have a direct right of appeal.  That means that the next highest court above the trial court, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, must hear your case if you file your appeal within your filing deadline.  You have thirty days from[…]

Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence

Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence

Under Maryland Rule 4-345(a) an illegal sentence may be corrected at any time. You file a Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence in the court where your trial or plea took place.  It is typically ruled on by the judge who heard your case or the judge who inherits your sentencing judge’s docket.  You are not[…]

Brendan Dassey Not Home in Time for Thanksgiving [UPDATE]

Brendan Dassey Not Home in Time for Thanksgiving [UPDATE]

UPDATE: A 7th Circuit panel of  three judges granted the State’s emergency motion to block Brendan Dassey’s release.  The order indicates that Mr. Dassey will remain incarcerated pending the outcome of the appeal.  I can’t imagine what Mr. Dassey and his family must feel like right now. Today the Court Ordered Brendan Dassey released no[…]

What’s Next for Adnan Syed? [UPDATE]

What’s Next for Adnan Syed? [UPDATE]

There has been much paper pushed back and forth as of late in the battle to secure Adnan Syed a new trial.  In this post I’m going to walk you through what has been filed and what to expect next.  Without requiring you to read all the way to the end to learn the bottom line- though I’d love it if you would- I think we can expect one more filing from the State.  If you want to view all of the key documents, Undisclosed Wiki is  a great resource. […]

Rolling Stone Covers Latest Developments in Adnan Syed

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with journalist Amelia McDonell-Perry about the Adnan Syed case.  Here is her coverage in Rolling Stone on the latest developments in the case. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/serial-can-the-state-stop-adnan-syeds-new-murder-trial-w432267