Adnan Syed entitled to new trial, Court of Special Appeals affirms. What’s next?
By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)[*]
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland has issued its decision in Adnan Syed v. State of Maryland. The opinion, affirming that Syed is entitled to a new trial, is available here.
So what’s next? The State can file a motion for reconsideration within 30 days (April 30).
- On April 30, if there has been no motion for reconsideration, the Court of Special Appeals will issue its mandate, which will make its opinion final.
- Within 15 days after the mandate issues, the State can file a petition for certiorari with the Court of Appeals of Maryland, which is the state’s highest court. Assuming the mandate issues on April 30, that deadline will be May 15.
- Syed will have 15 days to file a conditional cross-petition on any issues where he lost.
- The Court of Appeals has seven active judges, who will vote on the petition and any cross-petition. The judges themselves, typically not their clerks, review certiorari petitions.
- It takes three votes to grant certiorari. If two or more judges are recused, only two votes are required. The vote would most likely take place in July or August.
- If the Court of Appeals denies certiorari, the State will then have 90 days to petition the Supreme Court of the United States.
- If, however, the Court of Appeals grants certiorari:
- The Court of Appeals will likely hear the case in the fall of 2018.
- The Court of Appeals will live-stream a video of its arguments.
- The opinion will be issued no later than August 31, 2019.
- The losing party will then have 90 days to petition the Supreme Court of the United States.
[*] Disclosure: I authored an amicus brief at the application-for-leave-to-appeal stage, but not at the merits stage. I am restricting my commentary in this post to the procedures for seeking further review, without commenting on the prospects for further review.
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