ALA = Application for Leave to Appeal; ASA = Assistant State's Attorney; BCCC = Baltimore City Circuit Court; COA = Court of Appeals; COSA or CSA = Court of Special Appeals; MRPA = Motion for Release Pending Appeal; PCR = Post Conviction Relief.

The US Courts have a useful online glossary to help with any other unfamiliar terms. The Court of Appeals (and Special Appeals) website has this guide to the stages of the CSA process, written for non-lawyers. Maryland laws can be found online via or Westlaw or MD General Assembly.

Most Appeal filings had evidence filed with them, known as either Exhibits or Appendices. These include affidavits, letters, extracts from the trial transcripts, case files, affidavits, phone records, media interviews) as evidence. Those that are available are on the wiki are linked to in the text below, but some attachments contained many small files, too many to even list here, so we made separate sub-pages where you can find more details (links repeated in the appropriate sections).

  • 2015 - Motion to Reopen details the exhibits from all four filings in that part of the process:
    1. Adnan's motion (based on Asia's post-Serial affidavit),
    2. Adnan's supplement (AT&T disclaimer for incoming calls)
    3. State's Response (when is a Subscriber Activity Report not a Subscriber Activity Report?)
    4. Adnan's reply to the Response (includes affidavits from Abraham Waranowitz, Krista, and Gutierrez's colleague)
  • 2016 - State Leave to Remand The State's appeal to COSA after Judge Welch granted Adnan a retrial
  • 2016 Motion for Bail Adnan's request to be released until the new trial is heard
  • 2017 COSA State's Appendix Of four appendices of evidence submitted to COSA that year, this is the only one made public by COSA

Baltimore City Circuit Court - 2000-2002 - after the second trial

BCCC 2000-2002 after trial 2

Friday, February 25, 2000
Jury verdict finds Adnan guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.
Monday, March 06, 2000
Adnan's trial attorney Cristina Gutierrez files Motion for a New Trial
Wednesday, April 05, 2000
The trial Judge, Wanda Heard, grants Adnan’s request to dismiss Cristina Gutierrez and to postpone the sentencing so that Petitioner’s new attorney had time to adequately prepare.
Tuesday, June 06, 2000
Adnan is sentenced to Life plus 30 years and Judge Heard also dismisses Gutierrez's Motion for a New Trial.
Friday, July 28, 2000
Adnan's new attorney, Charles Dorsey, files a Motion for Modification of Sentence.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000
Judge Heard denied the Motion for Modification of Sentence

Court of Special Appeals - 2002-2003 - Direct Appeals

CSA 2002-3 Direct Appeal

Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Adnan makes his first appeal. The Appellant's brief was submitted by attorneys Warren Brown and Lisa Sansone. Two pages of the appendices are missing, but we do have alternative copies available of App. 19 and App. 21 which are extracts from court transcripts.
Before this, there must have been an Application for Leave to Appeal submitted but we don't have a copy.
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
The State submitted their written response to Adnan's Appeal, the Appellee Brief.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
A panel of three judges from CSA, John Bishop (retired), Joseph F Murphy (then CSA Chief Judge) and Sally Adkins, denied Adnan's appeal.The judges' written decision (Memorandum Opinion) is in two sections, Part 1 and Part 2.

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Court of Appeals - 2003 - Direct Appeals

COA 2003 Direct Appeal

Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Adnan had asked the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Maryland's highest level State court, permission to put his appeal to them, aka a petition for writ of certiorari. They denied the "cert" petition, in other words they said No to even starting the appeal.

Baltimore City Circuit Court - 2010 to 2014 - Seeking Post Conviction Relief (PCR)

BCCC 2010-2014 PCR

Friday, May 28, 2010
Defense Attorney C. Justin Brown files Adnan's Petition for Post Conviction Relief.
Exhibits are included within the main document from page 22 onwards: 1. Gutierrez' clerk's notes July 13 2000, 2. Asia McClain Affidavit March 25 2000, 3. Debbie W statement to police March 26 1999, 4. Asia McClain’s March 1 1999 letter to Syed, 5. Asia McClain’s March 2 1999 letter to Syed, 6. Letter from Rahmans (Adnan's parents) to Gutierrez, 30 March 2000, 7. Letter from Rahmans (parents) to Judge Heard. (These were not available but these are alternate copies of the same documents, used in other filings. This accounts for the different numbering you may see.)
Monday, November 29, 2010
Motions hearing for the Post Conviction petition.
Monday, December 20, 2010
A scheduled date for the Post-Conviction hearing which was postponed.
Judge Welch explained in his June 2016 Opinion (page 9) that of the seven postponed dates for this 2012 hearing "Petitioner requested a majority of these postponements in his attempt to produce McClain, an out-of-state witness, for the October 2012 post-conviction hearing".
Monday, June 27, 2011
Adnan filed a Supplement to his Petition for PC relief. This was later referenced by Brown and included results of a lie detector test taken by Adnan about Gutierrez's conduct (see page 111) which were not admitted.
Monday, August 08, 2011
A scheduled date for the Post-Conviction hearing which was postponed.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Adnan's attorney Justin Brown asked the Court to disqualify Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Kathleen C Murphy, as he intended to call her as a witness.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A scheduled date for the post-conviction hearing which was postponed, possibly as the decision whether to disqualify KC Murphy had not yet been resolved.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Motions hearing for the PCR petition. Originally scheduled for the PCR hearing but that item was postponed, instead the attorneys discussed Adnan’s Motion to Disqualify KC Murphy
Monday, February 13, 2012
Adnan’s Motion to Disqualify Counsel was denied, so Murphy continued to represent the State, and Adnan was prevented from calling her as a witness.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
A scheduled date for the post-conviction hearing which was postponed.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
A scheduled date for the post-conviction hearing which was postponed.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
A scheduled date for the post-conviction hearing which was postponed.
Thursday, October 11, 2012..........................
Day 1 of Adnan's first PCR hearing with Judge Welch.
C Justin Brown and Melissa Kudja for Adnan (Appellant), Kathleen C Murphy for State (Appellee).
Witnesses for Adnan: Kevin Urick p13, Rabia Chaudry p33, Shamim Rahman p83.
Four documents were identified as Defense exhibits, but copies were not available with the transcript. Where possible we have linked to a version from another source: D01 notes written by Rabia Chaudry of her meeting with Asia (not admitted), D02 Asia McClain's affidavit from 2000, D03 Mr and Mrs Rahman's letter to Cristina Gutierrez and D04 Mr and Mrs Rahman's letter to Judge Wanda Heard.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Day 2 of Adnan's PCR hearing.
Witnesses for Adnan: Adnan Syed p6, Margaret Mead (expert witness) p63. There were no witnesses for the State.
Closing Arguments: CJ Brown for Adnan p103, KC Murphy for State p114.
Six more Defence exhibits and one State exhibit were mentioned, but again were not available with the transcript: D05 Gutierrez' clerk's notes mentioning Asia, D06 Asia's second letter to Adnan, D07 Asia's first letter to Adnan, D08 Adnan's letter to Gutierrez, D09 Adnan's prison achievement awards, D10 extract of Trial transcript and the single State's exhibit: S01 Gutierrez' alibi notice letter to Urick. It was also agreed the the full trial transcript should be incorporated into the record.
Murphy also notes (p114) that she had already submitted a written response but no details of that are available.
Thursday, January 09, 2014....................
Judge Welch makes a written decision and denies Adnan's petition for relief.

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Court of Special Appeals - 2014-2015 - Adnan's Application for Leave to Appeal the Denial of Post Conviction Relief

CSA 2014-15 ALA

Monday, January 27, 2014
Adnan takes his appeal back to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
The first step is filing an Application for Leave to Appeal (ALA) against the recent PCR denial with the Circuit Court.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Eight months later CSA formally orders the State to respond, and specifically requests that they address whether his attorney asked or did not ask the State's trial counsel about the possibility of a plea deal.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The original deadline for the State to respond to Adnan's Application for Leave to Appeal.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The State files its Response in Opposition to Adnan's ALA. This extension was agreed by CSA.
The actual attachments are missing. All were already part of the Court's official appeal record. These are alternative copies of the same documents:
1. CSA Opinion Part 1 and Part 2 Mar 19 2003, 2. Trial Transcript for Feb 25 2000, 3. June 6 2000 sentencing transcript, 4. Nov 29 2010 Motions hearing for PCR, 5. Feb 6 2012 Motions hearing for PCR, 6. Oct 11 2012 PCR hearing Day 1, 7. Oct 25 2012 PCR hearing Day 2.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Adnan files a Supplement to ALA and Request for Remand based upon a new affidavit by Asia McClain.
The six other exhibits are Asia McClain's two letters from March 1999, two notes from Gutierrez' files, letter from Adnan's parents to Gutierrez and Asia's 2000 affidavit. These links are to the separate documents but they are also included within the main Supplement document.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The State files a Motion to Strike Adnan's Supplement and Remand Request filed on 20 January.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Adnan files his Response to the State's Motion to Strike and a formal Motion for Leave to File a Supplement to the ALA.
Friday, February 06, 2015
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland grants Adnan's Application for Leave to Appeal.
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Court of Special Appeals - 2015 - Adnan's Appeal against the Denial of Post Conviction Relief

CSA 2015 Appeal

Monday, March 16, 2015
The original deadline for the Appellant (Adnan) to file his Appellant Brief.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Adnan submits his Brief of Appellant. The only file in the Appendix was Welch's 2014 Opinion from the 2012 Post Conviction hearing (PCR1). Other files which are already on the record were also referenced.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The original deadline for the Appellee (the State) to file its Appellee Brief.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The revised deadline for the State to file its Brief.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
The State files its Appellee Brief against Adnan's ALA. The Appendix had 2 documents, but these were not included. Apx. 1 Letter from Adnan Syed to Court (not available, date unknown but written prior to 9 July 1999) to counter the State's Motion to disqualify Gutierrez. Apx. 2-4 Notice of Alibi Witnesses, letter from Gutierrez to Urick, 4 October 1999, lists Adnan's possible alibi witnesses.
Monday, May 18, 2015
A three judge panel from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals decide to remand Adnan's case, i.e. send it back to the Baltimore City Circuit Court (BCCC). CSA is not able to consider new information directly, but the Circuit Court can do and so CSA is asking them to decide if new information, such as (but not limited to) Asia McClain's testimony, can be heard and added to the formal record.
Monday, June 01, 2015...................
This date was originally scheduled for a CSA hearing. Not needed because the case was moved to BCCC by CSA's Order on May 18.
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Baltimore City Circuit Court - 2015 - Consideration of Motion to Reopen the Post Conviction proceedings

BCCC 2015 Motion to Reopen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Adnan submits a Motion asking the Baltimore City Circuit Court (BCCC) to Reopen his Post Conviction proceedings (as requested by CSA). The 10 exhibits are described on a separate page. Most had been submitted as part of the many earlier filings except for 2 new documents: Part 1 of Kevin Urick's January 2015 interview with the Intercept and Urick's February 2015 letter to the editor of the Daily Record
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
CSA's deadline for Adnan to submit the Motion to Reopen Proceedings.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
BCCC Chief Judge assigns Judge Martin Welch, who sat on the original Post Conviction hearing, as the judge in Adnan's reopened PC hearing. See the BCCC Order assigning Judge Welch to case.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Adnan files a Supplement to the Motion to Reopen based on new information about reliability of the cell tower evidence which was used at trial as uncovered by Susan Simpson. Details of all the accompanying exhibits can be found here.
Notable new documents included instructions from AT&T for intepreting their cell phone records, stating that incoming calls are NOT reliable for determing location, and (in the same linked file) a page of AT&T cell phone records showing which calls on 13 January 1999 were incoming, outgoing, or incoming calls that were diverted to answerphone. Previously, the prosecution at trial, and even the Serial podcast team had interpreted this as the phone user checking voicemail.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The State's Attorney submitted a Consolidated Response in Opposition to both the Motion to Reopen and the Supplement (published by Baltimore Sun) and Attachments. The attachments were made public by Adnan's atty Justin Brown. A breakdown of the Attachments is available on this page.
This was the first time a version of Adnan's full phone records were available to the public
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Adnan's attorney submitted a Reply to the Consolidated Response and a separate Exhibits file.
There were many new documents, the most significant being another version of Adnan's full cell phone records, and an affidavit from Abraham Waranowitz the State's trial expert witness, acknowledging that he was never shown the AT&T coversheet and it would have changed his testimony.
See this page for details of all seven exhibits.
There is a separate wiki page with details of all the exhibits filed alongside all four of the legal arguments submitted during this Motion to Reopen phase of the legal case
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Baltimore City Circuit Court - 2015-2016 - Reopened PCR proceedings

BCCC 2015-16 Reopened - PCR2

Friday, November 06, 2015
Judge Welch of the BCCC Ordered that the PCR be reopened. The hearing is to cover a) Asia's testimony and other evidence relevant to that, b) Gutierrez' failure to cross examine the reliability of the cell phone evidence, as well as c) alleged prosecutorial misconduct during the PCR proceedings and d) potential prosecutorial misconduct during trial.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Adnan's attorney Justin Brown tweeted that there was not yet a date set for the hearing.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Deadline for attorneys to contact Court for the purposes of scheduling a hearing.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
BCCC Court held a status conference and discussed the scheduling with attorneys.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Judge Welch posted an Order scheduling the hearing for Feb 5 and 8 2016 (dates were later amended).
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Deadline for Brown to submit Adnan's list of expert witnesses.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Court dates amended slightly to 4 and 5 Feb (later amended again).
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Deadline for the State has to submit both Fact and Expert Witnesses as well as any written statements. Justin Brown also has to submit Adnan's list of Fact witnesses.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Another status conference. Judge Welch signed an rescheduling order confirming the new dates
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Justin Brown announced on Twitter that an extra day (Wed 3 Feb) has now been added to the hearing dates, as per the Order signed on 12th Jan.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016.........................
Day 1 of Adnan's reopened PCR hearing held in Baltimore City's Circuit Court under Judge Martin Welch.
C Justin Brown and Chris Nieto for Adnan (Appellant), Thiru Vignaragah for State (Appellee).
Opening Statements.
Adnan's Witnesses: 1 Phillip Dantes; 2 William Kanwisher; 3 Asia McClain Chapman.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Day 2
Adnan's Witnesses: 3 cont. Asia McClain Chapman; 4 Gerald (Jerry) R Grant, expert witness
Friday, February 05, 2016
Day 3 (when the hearing began, this was scheduled as the final day)
Adnan's Witnesses: 5 Sean Gordon; 6 Michelle Hamiel; 7 Dave Irwin (testimony interrupted);
State's Witness: 1 Chad Fitzgerald (called out of order)
Monday, February 08, 2016
Day 4 The hearing was extended.
State's Witness: 1 Chad Fitzgerald, expert witness (cont. from Day 3).
Adnan's Witnesses: 7 David Irwin, expert witness (resumed from Day 3).
State's Witness: 2 "Officer Steve".
Although Abraham Waranowitz and Ja'uan Gordon were ready to be called as Adnan's rebuttal witnesses, Judge Welch asked for written affadavits instead of testimony to save court time.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Day 5 Final day of extended hearing.
Closing Arguments from Brown for Adnan and Vignarajah for the State. Judge Welch then announced that he would produce a written decision.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Brown asked the Court to add two letters to the official record. The first is from Vignarajah dated 23 February 2016, written at the request of Prof. Michael Milleman to correct untrue (and unresearched) statements made by Vignarajah about Millemann during the recent hearing.
The second is from Prof Millemann to the Court dated 25 February 2016, giving additional context and explaining that Vignarajah had made yet further misrepresentations in the letter of "correction".
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Judge Welch ordered that Adnan's conviction should be vacated and granted Adnan a retrial.
In the full length decision Judge Welch was more expansive. He was not impressed with the State's "hindsight sophistry" and found the self-contradictions of their expert witness, Fitzgerald, "perplexing". He also notes that "Wilds's testimony is inconsistent with the State's adopted timeline". Adnan's Brady claim (about Exhibit 31 not being given to defense) was dismissed, but Gutierrez's performance was acknowledged as ineffective regarding both contacting Asia and cross examining Waranowitz. However, to fulfil the legal definition of unconstitutionally ineffective assistance there is a second legal hurdle, "prejudice". In other words considering all the other circumstances of the trial, could that ineffectiveness have possibly led to a different outcome. Welch said that was not so regarding Asia and the alibi, because of the timeline issues as above, perhaps suggesting that the jury were already confused. However, Judge Welch decided that if Gutierrez had cross-examined Waranowitz about AT&T's cell-phone location disclaimer, there could well have been a different result because the State relied heavily on this to prove their case. So Gutierrez was constitutionally ineffective, and Adnan should be allowed a retrial.
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Court of Special Appeals - 2016-2017- Applications for Leave to Appeal (regarding the retrial decision)
This section also includes events/court filings for Adnan's Bail Application (Motion for Release Pending Appeal) which was happening during the same time as the various ALAs

CSA 2016-17 ALA against retrial

Friday, July 22, 2016
The State filed a Notice of intent to File Application for Leave to Appeal and Request to Stay Order Granting Post-Conviction Relief.
Monday, August 1, 2016
The State filed an Application for Leave to Appeal (ALA) on the cell phone issue on the final possible day (under MD. Rule 1-203(a)(1)).
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Judge Welch issued an Order staying post-conviction relief (the new trial) while the above appeal is dealt with.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Justin Brown filed a Conditional Application for Leave to Cross Appeal for Adnan regarding the alibi witness issue. This only applies if the State's ALA (August 1) is granted.
Friday, August 22, 2016
The State filed a Conditional Application for Limited Remand with Attachments asking for permission to take the case back once more to the City Circuit Court, so they can add documents to the record on the alibi witness issue. This only applies if Adnan's Conditional Appeal (filed on August 11) is allowed. In January 2017 CSA allowed both State's and Adnan's appeals and agreed to consider this remand request. When Justin Brown filed an Application for Remand in 2015 CSA took their decision before the date of their scheduled appeal hearing, so that the new evidence could be be brought onto the record, and as a result, the hearing was indefinitely postponed. Details of the files submitted as the State's Attachments document are on this separate page.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Justin Brown (with associates from Hogan Lovells) filed both a Response to the State's ALA and a Response to the State's Conditional Application for Remand, including Exhibit 1 - Affidavit of [Redacted]
Friday, September 16, 2016
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (MCDAA) have submitted an Amicus Curiae (friends of the court) brief asking CSA to reject both the State's appeals, saying "with the world watching, the public interest favors a prompt retrial, without an appeal".
Monday, October 3, 2016
The State filed a Consolidated Reply to Adnan's August 11 and September 15 filings above.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
On International Wrongful Conviction Day, another Amicus Curiae brief was filed, this time by the State's Attorneys from 21 of the 24 Maryland Counties. The State's Attorneys from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Cecil County (where Kevin Urick currently works) did not sign.
Unlike recent State filings, this was not reported immediately by Justin Fenton, He did publicise it on October 6 and posted the actual document on October 7.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Adnan's attorney C Justin Brown asked the Baltimore Circuit Court to allow Adnan out of prison on bail on the grounds of no violent behaviour in prison, no flight risk and because the "State’s evidence against Syed...has crumbled in the face of ongoing investigation."
318 pages of supporting Exhibits were presented including Jay Wilds' arrest history, Adnan's school and prison records, and several new affidavits including Dr Leigh Hlavaty explaining that the time of burial in the State's timeline is not consistent with the lividity markings on Hae's body.
Break down of all the MRPA 2016-10-24 Exhibit documents
Monday, November 7, 2016
The State of Maryland files their Response to Motion for Release, opposing Adnan's bail request and claiming the Stay issued by Judge Welch precludes bail.
Like many previous State filings (see above) this document misses the deadline. Like earlier State filings, the news became public via Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun. Unlike earlier filings, there is a new author: "Chief Special Counsel" Charlton T. Howard. Unlike most State filings in Thiru Vignarajah's time as lead prosecutor, neither the news or the document became public until 4 days after signature date.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Justin Brown (with associates from Hogan Lovells) posts Adnan's reply which corrects the misquoted Maryland law used the State's Response above. Brown references this document written by Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General, in support of Adnan's release.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Judge Martin Welch responds to Adnan's bail request, which will not be allowed "in large part, because of the open status of the case in the appeals court".
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
CSA allows both the State's appeal and Adnan's appeal - announced by Justin Brown on Twitter
Friday, January 27, 2017
Adnan seeks leave to appeal the denial of his bail motion. (This was denied by COSA, as per Justin Brown's December 2017 blog, but the denial date is unclear.)
There is a separate wiki page with details of all the exhibits filed in the State's Leave to Remand and another with details of all the different documents that were filed as exhibits for Adnan's application for Bail in Sept 2016.

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Court of Special Appeals - 2017 to 2018 - State's Appeal against retrial and Syed's Cross Appeal

CSA 2017- State & Syed both Appeal

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
CSA's Order granting both the State of MD and Adnan's Leave to Appeal (re Judge Welch's June 2016 decision).
The order also gives the deadlines for the briefs and counter briefs and a date for the oral arguments to be heard in Court
Monday, February 27, 2017
State's Appellant Brief was submitted on the deadline
This is the first part of the State's appeal which covers i) should the incoming call location disclaimer have been allowed in 2016 PCR, ii) waiver re cell tower, and iii) Gutierrez' cross exam on cell evidence. There are two versions of the document, one from the CSA website and another from the Attorney General's office (via Justin Fenton). The differences are fairly superficial, neither includes the 200+ page Appendix referenced within the brief.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Adnan's Appellee Brief was submitted on time. This is the response to the State's Appellant Brief on the cell evidence appeal issues above.
Adnan's Cross Appellant Brief was also submitted (on time) on the same day. His Cross Appeal is about i) failure to investigate Asia as alibi ii) cumulative prejudice of all attorney errors. The two briefs were submitted together as one document. An Appendix containing selected evidence from the court record was also submitted to CSA but is not publicly available.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Under Rule 8-502 a)3) the State may submit a Reply Brief as a rebuttal to Adnan's Appellee Brief which was itself a response to the State's Appeal. Reply Brief deadlines weren't mentioned in CSA's scheduling Order, but this should have been the deadline, unless CSA ordered otherwise.
Friday, April 28, 2017
This was the deadline for the State's Cross Appellee Brief (response on Asia / IAC). It was not submitted to CSA on time and so the official date for the file is May 1st.
However, as usual for all the files written by Thiru Vignarajah, Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun was quickly able to get a copy, this version. Abnormally Fenton did not publicise the States filing with an article in the Baltimore Sun or even via Twitter, instead he quietly published it to his account and gave the link to a very partisan "fan" who believes this doodle of a uterus (made during a sex-ed class) is in fact an aerial view map, "the smoking gun" that proves that Adnan is guilty. That's press impartiality, Baltimore Sun style.
Monday, May 1, 2017
After the weekend, the State submitted the document called Reply Brief and Appendix of Cross Appellee. It is not an Appendix. Instead it combines the State's Reply Brief (which was 13 days past its own deadline) with the Cross Appellee response (which was only 3 days late) which is the State's response to Adnan's Asia/cumulative-prejudice Appeal.
On the same date the State submitted as a separate document, the Cross Appellee Appendix. The unconventional naming habit above is continued, the document contains pages referenced in both sections of the Brief, relating to the Appellant Reply as well as the Cross Appellee arguments.
This Appendix was the only one published to the internet by CSA. The contents are mainly repetitive, and are made up of snippets from many other documents. There is a separate wiki page with a breakdown and links to all the individual files.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Adnan's team submitted their final filing, the Reply Brief to their Cross Appeal (Alibi/cumulative prejudice).
They met their deadline.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
CSA put out a media release and a Security/Media Order about the upcoming oral argument hearing. The decision had been taken that filming would no longer be allowed (although a local news station, ABC2 had previously been given permission). Some further reasons were later given to local press.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
This was the original date for the Oral Arguments hearing. Justin Brown announced the change on Twitter and several weeks later it was confirmed by CSA.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Oral arguments took place at the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis, Maryland's state capital. Maryland rules didn't allow Adnan to travel to the hearing.
Due to the small size of the courtroom seating was restricted, and sadly dozens of members of the public who had made the journey were turned away.
An attorney from each side had 30 minutes (10 minutes longer than standard) to make their case to a panel of three CSA judges.
The judges were Patrick Woodward (CSA's Chief Judge), Alexander Wright and Kathryn G Graeff. As predicted, questions from the judges took up the majority of the time, and both sides were allowed to over-run, the State by around ten minutes more according to a local attorney who was present.
Saturday, June 12 2017
The audio of the hearing was available at a small cost after the hearing.
A copy was shared a few days after the hearing by an Adnan supporter, but the file is too large to be hosted on this wiki. You can listen or download your own copy here.
In the months after the hearing we heard more about the process of publishing decisions, when they could be expected and why, from Steve Klepper, via his @MDAppeal twitter account. There was no actual deadline for the decision, but the Judges did not meet their case management standard of 270 days for this particular case.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Adnan's attorney clarifies on his blog that the Court of Special Appeals did not grant them leave to appeal the refusal to release Adnan on bail, the date of this refusal is not specified, but it likely happened prior to the COSA hearing in June 2017.
Thursday, March 29 2018

CSA decision announced - Adnan Syed was successful

Ten months after the Oral Arguments hearing, the Court of Special Appeals opinion was published (here). COSA Chief Judge Woodward and Judge Wright agreed that he should have a new trial, although for slightly different reasons to Judge Welch. They confirmed that Gutierrez was obliged to investigate Asia's alibi, (a legal issue) but felt the cell-tower issue had been waived (a procedural timing issue). The third Judge, Graeff, wrote a dissent, which in turn is annotated with footnotes debating (debunking?) her rationale. She previously led the Attorney General's Criminal Appeals team, that would normally have prosecuted this appeal instead of then-Deputy AG Thiru Vignarajah, who is now running for political office in Baltimore.
If 138 pages seems daunting, summaries are available here, here, here and here. As it was a "reported opinion" this finding can be used as a precedent in other cases.

Court of Appeals - 2018 to date - State's writ of cert

COA 2018 - State & then Syed both Appeal

Monday, May 14 2018
The State filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari. This is effectively an application to the Maryland Court of Appeals asking for their permission to make a proper appeal. Adnan's lawyer now also has 15 days to file a conditional cross appeal, which, if the State's request is allowed, would allow Adnan to raise any concerns about the elements of the COSA appeal that did not go his way.
Tuesday, May 29 2018
Adnan's attorneys submitted an opposition to the State's writ, with an additional conditional cross petition allowing them to potentially present their own arguments if the case is accepted.
What's next?
For now, we wait and see. The COA normally decides to take a case or not within 6-8 weeks, or the second half of July. And because one of the three COSA judges disagreed about some elements of the decision, several Maryland legal professionals say it is more likely than normal for "certiorari" to be granted. The MD appeals blog has a post explaining the different legal options that could happen now, and the timings.

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The majority of the historical documents were sourced from either the Maryland CSA website (part of or the blog of Justin Brown (Adnan's attorney), a few were shared anonymously online by multiple different people, others were provided by Rabia Chaudry from the Rahman/Syed's family records.
More recent filings had one of two sources. Either they were provided by Adnan's attorney Justin Brown on the company blog or his Twitter account. He also published the Amicus brief written for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association by Maryland appeals attorney Steve Klepper.
Or, if the filing was from the Maryland Attorney General's Office (for the State) or pro-State (the Amicus brief from Maryland county SAs) it was made public by the Baltimore Sun, mostly via Justin Fentonand sometimes he even seems to have got the State's filings the working day before the Courts did. One time the files were shared by defense attorney Justin Brown and more recently we can than Mallory Sofasstai of WMAR TV.
Many documents were published at some point by the Circuit Courts or COSA. The only document that COSA were sole publishers of was the State's Appendix from the June 2017 proceedings, although the other 3/4 Appendices were not published on their website.

Special thanks to Professor Colin Miller for his EvidenceProf blog post from December 2014 and theodoreadorno for paving the way with their own similar compilations.