Maryland's top lawyer: Overturn of Adnan Syed's murder conviction 'abuse of discretion'


    Maryland’s Attorney General (AG) appeals the court decision overturning Adnan Syed’s murder conviction.

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Maryland’s Attorney General (AG) appeals the court decision overturning Adnan Syed’s murder conviction.

    The AG rejects the notion Syed’s attorney did not provide a full defense against cell phone evidence, and wants a new trial for Syed to be cancelled.

    A jury said Syed was guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Syed has been in prison ever since. The podcast "Serial" reported on Syed’s case in 2014, bringing new attention to the case.

    In June 2016, Judge Martin Welch overturned that conviction. He granted Syed a new trial. Welch said Syed’s defense attorney, Christine Gutierrez, did not adequately defend Syed against cell phone evidence used to convict him.

    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh submitted his appeal of Welch’s decision Monday, to Maryland’s second highest court, the Court of Special Appeals:

    “Gutierrez’s dogged preparation and array of attacks produced a blueprint for cross-examination of cellphone evidence that continues to be followed today.”

    The AG wants Syed’s conviction reinstated and his new trial cancelled. Syed’s lawyers have until March 29th to file a response.

    Oral arguments are scheduled for the court’s June 2017 session.

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