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Md. high court reinstates Baltimore murder conviction

A divided Maryland high court last week reinstated a man’s first-degree felony murder conviction, saying his attorney’s failure to request a jury instruction on the defense of alibi did not affect the jurors’ guilty verdict — even though four people ...

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Md. high court hears state’s appeal in ‘Serial’ star Syed’s case

ANNAPOLIS — Attorneys for Maryland and for podcast star Adnan Syed battled Thursday before the state’s top court as it considers whether he was denied effective assistance of counsel when his trial attorney chose not to telephone an alibi witness ...

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Criminal defense lawyers back Syed before Md. high court

Criminal defense counsel has an ethical duty to contact potential alibi witnesses identified by clients regardless of whether the testimony would fall within the lawyers’ trial strategy, many well-known Maryland defense attorneys argued this week in urging the state’s top court to order the retrial of convicted murderer – and podcast star – Adnan Syed.

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Maryland’s top court will hear state’s appeal in Syed case

Maryland’s top court will consider whether podcast star Adnan Syed’s murder conviction should be reinstated. The Court of Appeals agreed Thursday to hear the state’s argument that Syed’s trial attorney’s ill-fated defense might have been flawed but was not constitutionally ...

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Frosh urges Md. high court to review, reinstate Syed’s conviction

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is urging the state’s top court to reinstate podcast star Adnan Syed’s murder conviction, saying his trial attorney’s ill-fated defense might have been flawed but was not constitutionally ineffective.

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Md. high court validates alternate juror at deliberations

An alternate juror’s silent attendance during jury deliberations does not generally violate a defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial, Maryland’s top court ruled Wednesday in upholding an attempted-first-degree-murder conviction and life sentence. In its 6-1 decision, the Court of ...

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