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Part 2: The Alibi Issue

It is our opinion that, if McClain’s testimony had been presented to the jury, it would have “alter[ed] the entire evidentiary picture,” because her testimony would have placed Syed at the Woodlawn Public Library at the time the State claimed that Syed murdered Hae. See Strickland, 466 U.S. at 696. Such testimony would have directly[…]

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Part 1: Syed v. State: The Significance of the Latest Decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Because Syed has proven the performance and prejudice prongs of the Strickland test, we conclude that his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel has been established. Accordingly, Syed’s murder conviction must be vacated, and because Syed’s convictions for kidnapping, robbery, and false imprisonment are predicated on his commission of Hae’s murder, these convictions must be[…]

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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.  […]

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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.  […]

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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[…]

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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. […]

Improper Closing Argument [UPDATE]

UPDATE: On November 7, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals GRANTED the Application for Leave to Appeal the Denial of Post Conviction Relief in my client’s case!  I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to fight for my client.  The Court’s Order is below.  The granting of an Application for Leave to Appeal is rare.  According to C. Justin Brown, between 2010 and 2014 the Court of Special Appeals granted just 1.22% of all of the Applications filed.

Recently, the Court of Special Appeals ordered the State to respond to the Application for Leave to Appeal the Denial of Post Conviction Relief in one of my cases.  You can read more about ALA’s in general, here.   I’ve posted the Court’s order and my Application for Leave to Appeal below.  The Court’s order is the first step toward getting the ALA granted.  After the State responds, the Court could set the matter in for full briefing and oral argument, it could deny the ALA, or it could grant the ALA based on the pleadings alone. […]