Lawyers’ group asks Supreme Court to review ‘Serial’ case

September 20, 2019 GMT
CORRECTS TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS, NOT LAWYERS FOR SYED - FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Syed, convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast "Serial." (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
CORRECTS TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS, NOT LAWYERS FOR SYED - FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Syed, convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast "Serial." (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has asked the Supreme Court to review the case of a Maryland man convicted in a case chronicled on the podcast “Serial.”

News outlets report the group filed an amicus brief in the case of Adnan Syed.

The brief says Syed was not given a proper opportunity to investigate an unbiased and credible alibi witness.

It also says the decision by Maryland’s highest court to deny Syed a new trial and reinstate his conviction in the murder of his ex-girlfriend will impact criminal defendants “far beyond Maryland’s borders.”

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Syed’s lawyer during the trial, Cristina Gutierrez, failed to contact a woman who said she saw Syed at a library at the time prosecutors say he strangled his ex-girlfriend in 1999.

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This story has been corrected to show that the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed the amicus brief, not attorneys for Syed.