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March 14, 2017 at 09:10 AM EDT

Adnan Syed still has a long way to go. As recent pop culture phenomena like The Night Of, Making a Murderer, and Serial demonstrate, the U.S. criminal justice system can be quite byzantine. And once someone is trapped within its system, even if they’re innocent of the crime they’ve been accused or convicted of, it can be very hard to get out again. Few people understand that better than Syed, a Baltimore man convicted in 2000 of murdering his ex-girlfriend despite insisting on his innocence. Syed’s case has been the focus of not one but two popular podcasts (Serial and Undisclosed) as well as a forthcoming book by family friend Rabia Chaudry. After years of struggle, Syed was finally granted a new trial by Judge Martin Welch on the basis of new cell phone evidence. But the state of Maryland isn’t giving up that easily. 

On Monday, the Maryland Attorney General’s office filed an official appeal of Welch’s ruling. Syed’s attorney, C. Justin Brown, confirmed the news on Twitter. 

According to a Baltimore Sun report, the appeal could push back Syed’s new trial for months, if not overturn it altogether. 

Check out the latest issue of EW for our profile of Chaudry and her efforts to free Syed. 

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