UPDATE: Adnan Syed has asked for a release from prison while he awaits a new trial after a judge overturned his murder conviction this past summer.
The subject of the "Serial" podcast has been in prison for 17 years without behavior issues, the Baltimore Sun reports.
While it's rare for someone charged with a violent crime punishable by life in prison to be released, his lawyers say he deserves an exception.
Twenty-one state's attorneys from counties in Maryland filed a brief in court opposing the decision to grant Adnan Syed a new trial.
Syed, now 35, has been serving a life sentence since 2000, when he was convicted of killing ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee the year before. His trial was the subject of the hit podcast, Serial.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the brief is signed almost every elected attorney in the state, except for those in Baltimore and Baltimore County, where the crime took place, and Cecil County, where a prosecutor from the original case now works.
No physical evidence tied Syed (pictured here in 2000) to the crime. The case relied heavily on the testimony of Jay Wilds, an acquaintance who said he helped Syed bury the body.
The full amicus brief can be read online here.
Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and friend of Syed's, was not amused.
The new trial was granted during the summer.
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