The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in location a Maryland court ruling denying a new trial in a murder case whose result was brought into question after it was featured on the popular criminal activity podcast, “ Serial“
The justices did not comment in promoting the 4-3 judgment by the Maryland Court of Appeals that had actually been challenged by Adan Syed, who was founded guilty in 2000 of killing 17- year-old Hae Minutes Lee and burying her body in a Baltimore park
Syed is serving a life sentence for in the murder of Lee, whom he when dated. Prosecutors stated during his trial that Syed killed her after she broke off their relationship. Syed’s attorneys argued his previous counsel failed to examine the story of an alibi witness in his very first trial, breaking his right to qualified representation.
Adnan Syed goes into a Baltimore courthouse prior to a 2016 hearing in his case. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun by means of AP).
” We are deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court however by no means is this completion of Adnan Syed,” defense lawyer C. Justin Brown told The Associated Press. “There are other legal choices and we are exploring each and every one of them.”
In a declaration, Maryland Lawyer General Brian Frosh stated his workplace remains “confident in the verdict that was delivered by the jury and are happy that justice for Hae Minutes Lee has been done.”
Syed’s case was brought to the attention of millions when true-crime podcast “Serial” dedicated its whole first season to the slaying in2014 The program shattered podcast-streaming and downloading records, shining a spotlight that resulted in restored court procedures.
2 Maryland courts previously ruled in favor of a new trial for Syed, whose lawyers state his first lawyer, Cristina Gutierrez failed to get in touch with a woman who declared she saw him at a library at the time of the slaying. Gutierrez has considering that died.
Last year, the Maryland Court of Appeals rejected Syed a brand-new trial, saying there was long shot the result of the trial would have changed even if Gutierrez had actually contacted the witness.
Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and good friend of Syed’s family who first brought his case to the attention of National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” which created the podcast, said she anticipated the high court’s choice, calling it a “technicality.”
” Now it’s done, so we can move on,” she said. “He is doing fine. He is hanging in there. He understands that none of us are generally quiting. He has an excellent legal group. He has a great deal of public support and walking away is not an option.”
Chaudary added Syed’s defense team has actually been preparing to submit either a habeas petition in federal court or return to the state court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.