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A federal judge in Milwaukee has overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the young man whose case was one of two documented in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer."
Judge William E. Duffin found that investigators repeatedly made false promises to Dassey, who was 16 years old and a slow learner, in extracting a confession, which Dassey's legal team had maintained was coerced. The judge found that confession was involuntary in a 91-page decision handed down Friday.
Dassey’s case was one of two followed in the popular “Making a Murderer” series, which depicts the story of Dassey’s uncle, Steven Avery. Dassey and Avery were sentenced to life for the 2005 murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.
Dassey's attorney, Steve Drizin with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, confirmed the news Friday.
"I am just beyond excited," Drizin said. "I had to pick myself up off the floor."
Duffin ordered Dassey be set free unless the state initiates a retrial proceeding in 90 days.
Drizin said while “Making a Murderer” has put Dassey’s case in the national spotlight, he didn't believe it would have an impact on the judge’s decision. “I don’t think that the Netflix movie is going to influence a federal judge, but at the same time, judges are human beings and the Netflix film has created a context for Brendan’s case that didn’t exist at the time of his trial or his appeals,” he said.
originally posted by: Cigarettes
I don't know if they'll do another trial or not.
Doesn't make the fact that the people involved with this story are a strange lot. They're like the Texas Chain Saw Massacre family in a way.
Well it looks like the documentary helped to get Steve Avery's nephew off the hook for murder and he is now being released.
originally posted by: charolais
So I guess the question now is... will the state initiate a retrial within the next 90 days? According to the source (and the documentary itself) Dassey was convicted SOLELY on his own confessions. Without the confessions, will they have a case?
I thought he was covering up to start, if not outright lying.
Double jeopardy, is by definition, a clause in the Fifth Amendment that guarantees that no person can be tried again for the same crime. If Dassey is released without the state retrying him, they can however retry him at a later time, according to Govin. "If they make that decision, they can still retry him in the future because theres no statue of limitations on First Degree Homicide Murder in the state of Wisconsin."
originally posted by: six67seven
Meanwhile the murder(s) roam free.
Quite the conspiracy.
Quite the conspiracy, indeed!
I'm happy for Dassey and hopeful for Avery.