Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Wisconsin AG asks court to review Dassey ruling

Judges affirm 'Making a Murderer' confession was coerced Making A Murderer's Brendan Dassey 'should be RELEASED' from life sentence after appeals court rules his
Rickey Rodriguez | 24 June, 2017, 01:36

The judgment ruling authorities took advantage of Dassey by tricking him into a confession, and on Thursday the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge US federal appeals panel ruled.

Brendan Dassey, now 27, didn't admit "from his own free will" that he helped his uncle murder and sexually assault photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005, a US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled in a 2-1 vote.

Duffin ruled that investigators made "repeated false promises" during Dassey's interrogation that, "when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey's age, intellectual deficits and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey's confession involuntary". "As of today's date, Brendan Dassey has lost 4,132 days of his life to prison". A ruling released Thursday also stated that Dassey's confession was not voluntarily given.

Netflix have promised that a second series of Making a Murderer will air at the end of this year.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice tells WBAY, "We are evaluating the 2-1 decision from the court".

Johnny Koremenos, a spokesperson for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office will seek one of the latter two options, and hopes that the "erroneous decision will be reversed". During a three-hour interview in March 2006, Dassey confessed that he raped Halbach, cut her throat, tied her up and took her to Avery's garage, where Avery shot the young woman in the head.

The death of Halbach and the conviction of Avery and Dassey placed Manitowoc County in the national spotlight.

Steven Avery, seen in 2007, contends he was framed by police angry with his lawsuit for an earlier wrongful conviction for sexual assault. He's pursuing his own appeal in state court.

Dassey and Avery's case was internationally recognized after they were featured in the documentary series in 2015.

In "Making A Murderer", Avery was found guilty of raping and murdering Halbach, who was a 25-year-old photographer then, and Dassey was found to be an accessory to the crime. He initially said that he only helped Avery clean some fluid from the garage floor.

The ruling means Dassey could be released in the next 90 days. The decision upholds Judge William Duffin's 2016 ruling that Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, investigators violated Dassey's rights in obtaining the confession.

November 14, 2016: A judge rules that Dassey should be released while prosecutors appeal the decision that overturned Dassey's conviction.

Dassey should be retried or released, recommends a three-judge federal appeals panel from the Chicago-based 7th Circuit.

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