In June 2016, Judge Martin Welch overturned Syed's conviction. He granted Syed a new trial. Welch said Syed's defense attorney, Christine Gutierrez, did not adequately defend Syed against cellphone 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 29 to file a response. Oral arguments are scheduled for the court's June 2017 session.