Maryland's highest court reinstated Syed's conviction for killing his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee on Friday, reported NBC News.
Instead, the court determined that Syed had waived his claim of ineffectual counsel.
But the state's supreme court ultimately decided against it, with an order to reverse the judgment by the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Syed was tried and convicted of murdering Lee, his ex-girlfriend, in 1999, when he was 17 and she was 18.
Syed's case became nationally known in "Serial", an audio documentary that ran in 2014 and investigated the crime and how the court system handled the case.
Syed's attorney, Justin Brown, tweeted after the opinion was released.
Brown told The Sun that Syed's team believes there are "at least three other avenues of relief" that they would be exploring in the coming weeks.
Even if the alibi witness was correct about seeing Syed in the library during a 10-minute period the day of the murder, it does little more than call into question the prosecution timeline, Greene said.
The lineup on the ineffective assistance claim was 4-3; one member of the majority concurred in the result but not in the reasoning.
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The special appeals court upheld the lower court's ruling past year and the state appealed that decision, too.
"Who in their right mind would think that someone would say, 'Oh yea, it's messed up that they didn't reach out to the alibi, ' but you would not think that a panel of judges would literally sit there and be like, 'Oh, it doesn't matter".
Our criminal justice system is desperately in need of reform.
It is, for the most part, an engrossing account, although the filmmakers employ one extremely questionable device to help illustrate what had only been heard, not seen, using animation as a visual aid during voiceover excerpts read from murder victim Hae Min Lee's diary. Asia McClain Chapman claimed she saw Syed at the Woodlawn library during the time that prosecutors said Lee was killed.
Furthermore, Vignarajah argued if Syed's conviction was vacated it would create a precedent that would require any defense attorney to contact any potential witness, regardless of their merits.
The second claim had argued that Syed's lawyer was ineffective because she failed to cross-examine an expert about the reliability of the cellphone data that placed Syed at the scene of the buried body.
Syed is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2000.
"From the perspective of the defendant, there is no stronger evidence than an alibi witness", Brown said on Friday.