Wisconsin AG Asks Court to Review Brendan Dassey Ruling


The murder confession of a Wisconsin man featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was coerced, a federal appeals panel ruled Thursday, affirming a lower court decision.

Brendan played a key role in the Netflix series Making A Murderer which saw him and his uncle Steven Avery convicted of murdering Teresa. "The pattern of questions demonstrates that the message the investigators conveyed is that the "truth" was what they wanted to hear", reads the decision.

Dassey has been behind bars for the past ten years, and has spent his entire adult life detained.

After Duffin's ruling in 2016, he outlined restrictions for Dassey if he were to be released. In November, the state Justice Department appealed Duffin's decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - blocking Dassey's release pending a hearing.

"We continue to send our condolences to the Halbach family as they have to suffer through another attempt by Mr. Dassey to relitigate his guilty verdict and sentence", Koremenos said.

January 29, 2007: A judge dismisses sexual assault and kidnapping charges against Avery because Dassey may not testify at his trial.

Magistrate Judge William Duffin had ruled in August that the conviction was based on a coerced confession that Dassey, now 27, gave as a 16-year-old with a learning disability.

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Zellner is visiting Avery Friday at Waupun Correctional Institution.

After 99.9% of the world's population watched Making A Murderer, most viewers came to the conclusion that either (A) Brendan Dassey was innocent, or (B) Brendan Dassey was guilty, but there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of the murder of Teresa Halbach, and it looks like the federal judges in the USA came to the same conclusion. "This will be good news for Avery, '" Abrams said.

"In addition to failing to apply a totality of the circumstances analysis to the facts of this case, as required by the Supreme Court, the state court acted unreasonably when it determined that, given the totality of the circumstances, Dassey's confession was voluntary", Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for the majority in a 104-page opinion. But a tape of the police interview with Dassey looks less like a detailed confession and much more like coercion. The court described the method used to get Dassey to confess as "death by a thousand cuts". So, the legal rulings we are hearing about are whether the confession would be admissible. Teens are especially susceptible, he said.

That judge overturned Dassey's conviction according to WISC-TV. "If they don't have the confession, they can't re-try him because, that is all that they have". But for homicide cases alone, that number balloons to 63 percent.

Dassey's attorneys say they will take immediate steps to secure his release.

This article has been updated to include Strang's statement.