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Defense will seek to secure Dassey release

26 Juin 2017

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld an earlier ruling to overturn the murder conviction of Making A Murderer subject Brendan Dassey.

Thursday's ruling doesn't necessarily mean Dassey will be freed from prison. "So of course the federal court was going to reverse it".

But Dassey remained in jail while prosecutors appealed the decision. The court described the method used to get Dassey to confess as "death by a thousand cuts".

The decision could set in motion the release of Brendan Dassey from prison after 10 years behind bars.

For those who watched Making a Murderer and thought the 16-year-old Dassey was coerced into a false confession, this news may bring you joy.

The state is unlikely to prevail in any further appeals or if it retries the case without his confession, they wrote, but said those appeals could prolong Dassey's time in prison "by months, if not years".

Nirider and Drizin request that Dassey be released on bond.

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In August, a federal magistrate judge ruled that Dassey's confession had been coerced by investigators and overturned his conviction, which the state Justice Department then appealed.

In his dissent, Judge David Hamilton described the interview of Dassey as "gentle", and warned that the majority's ruling will pose new challenges for police officers.

The court said they took advantage of his young age and intellectual deficits and there were no other adults with him.

The 7th Circuit upheld the magistrate's ruling.

One of the two men convicted of murder, as depicted on Netflix's documentary series Making a Murderer, has had his conviction overturned.

Avery was also sentenced to life after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in a separate trial. Over the course of a three-hour period of questioning, "generally responding to the investigators" questions with answers of just a few hushed words, a story evolved whereby in its final iteration Dassey implicated himself in the rape, murder and mutilation of Teresa Halbach, ' according to the judge's [August] decision.

A spokesperson for Wisconsin Attorney said: "We continue to send our condolences to the Halbach family as they have to suffer through another attempt by Mr. Dassey to re-litigate his guilty verdict and sentence". The State of Wisconsin has 90 days to decide if they want to retry him in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach. The Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee received a comment from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which said it was evaluating the decision.