Wisconsin AG Plans to Appeal Dassey Decision


A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August, ruling that investigators coerced a then-16-year-old Dassey, who suffers from intellectual challenges, into confessing.

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that overturned the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, who was featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer".

The state of Wisconsin has since issued a statement regarding the appeals case. "7th Circuit AFFIRMS Judge Duffin in 2-1 decision".

They've been Brendan's counsel since 2007, and filed two prior unsuccessful motions for a new trial. The judge had found that Dassey was coerced into a confession in which he admitted that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in sexually assaulting and killing the photographer, Teresa Halbach.

Brendan Dassey's brother, Brad, is applauding the news that his brother could be set free.

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In a recorded exchange with his mother, Barb Janda, following the confession, Dassey said, "They got in my head". Despite the questionable validity of the confession it was a key piece of evidence in Dassey's original conviction. Investigators found burned human remains that matched Halbach's DNA, along with her vehicle, where they discovered multiple bloodstains. "But it is grim corroboration for much of the story he told the investigators". The state also has the option of asking the full 7th Circuit Court to review the case, or taking it to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state courts recognized that standard and applied it reasonably to the facts before them.

The court gave the Wisconsin Department of Justice until June 26 to respond to the request. The director of the center, Steven Drizin, hopes that Dassey's successful appeal shows that interrogating a 16-year-old is not the same as interrogating an adult. "As of today's date, Brendan Dassey has lost 4,132 days of his life to prison".

The ruling stated that prosecutors' case against Dassey in the original trial rested nearly entirely on Dassey's interviews with police and one phone call with his mother - but no physical evidence. "For the first time, this decision brings the end of that road in sight. But this is a better route to take than determining whether or not there should be a pardon or not", Gov.

The state Justice Department appealed the ruling to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals. It's been a long time coming, but she says Avery is confident the evidence will result in just that. Watch the LawNewz Network above to hear from experts, and some of the attorneys involved including Jerry Buting, who served as Steven Avery's attorney.