The state's decision to appeal Adnan Syed's retrial could delay the case by at least a year.
And so, after 16 years, several rounds of court proceedings, and a podcast that captured the nation's attention, Adnan Syed has been granted a new trial. As in all serious criminal cases, we can all hope that the evidence will be presented, litigated, and considered fairly, and that the process will be one that gives us confidence in whatever result ensues.
Syed has a real chance with his present motion. If the judge rules in his favor, he'll likely focus heavily on Gutierrez's failure to even pick up the phone and contact McClain -- a choice that, unlike an ultimate decision not to call a witness at trial, is difficult to treat as a legitimate strategic call.
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