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Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Making A Murderer’s Brendan Dassey

The Chicago-based 7th Circuit panel upheld a ruling that overturned his conviction previous year in the case made famous by Netflix’s Making a Murderer.On Thursday, June 22nd, a federal appeals court chose to uphold a Wisconsin judge’s decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction.Dassey was only 16 years old at the time when he was put under pressure by authorities to admit the rape and murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach.In the confession heavily relied upon by prosecutors, Dassey told police officers he helped Avery rape and kill Halbach at his Wisconsin salvage yard.A lawyer for Avery, who is now serving a life sentence, filed a motion this month, citing ineffective counsel as a reason for Avery to be freed or granted a new trial.Dassey’s controversial confession – obtained when he was just 16 years old and without parental or legal supervision – was first ruled unlawful and his conviction overturned by a Milwaukee magistrate in August 2016.In a 2-1 ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that Dassey’s confession was coerced.”The writ of habeas corpus is GRANTED unless the State of Wisconsin elects to retry Dassey within 90 days of issuance of this court’s mandate, or of the Supreme Court’s final mandate”, the judges wrote. She says he’s already been in prison for 4,132 days. Speaking on WTMJ-AM, Schimel said his initial move would be asking the full 7th Circuit to review the panel’s decision.Based on the documentary footage, it sure looked like Dassey was coerced into confessing to the crime, and that’s also what the filmmakers intended the audience to think.WBAY spoke with Bob Dvorak, an attorney who’s been part of Dassey’s post-conviction team.Attorney Laura Nirider said they want to send Dassey home to his mother as soon as possible.David Hamilton dissented from the majority decision.Viewers were almost unanimous in the opinion that Dassey was innocent and his confession had been coerced by investigators. Chief among them: Will Brendan Dassey get out of jail, and if so, when? Both men received life sentences over a decade ago, but their case witnessed a newfound public interest since the show’s release. “It calls into question standard interrogation techniques that courts have routinely found permissible, even in cases involving juveniles”.On Thursday, the panel upheld Duffin’s ruling to overturn Dassey’s conviction.What Happened With Brendan Dassey’s Interrogation? 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.