‘Making a Murderer’: Brendan Dassey’s Conviction Overturned

The conviction of a Wisconsin man who appeared in the documentary “Making a Murderer,” has been overturned by a federal judge. Brendan Dassey, who was convicted in the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007, will be released from prison unless prosecutors bring him to trial again within 90 days.

The subject of “Making a Murderer,” Steven Avery, is still in a Wisconsin prison serving time for Halbach’s murder.

The Netflix series sparked renewed interest in Avery’s conviction, leading to nationwide calls for his release.

Dassey, 16-years-old at the time he was convicted, was described in the judge’s ruling as having an IQ “assessed as being in the low average to borderline range”.  His legal team maintains that he was coerced into confessing to sheriff’s officers.

“To me, this case is a classic example of how not to interrogate juvenile suspects and the tactics that were used during Brendan’s interrogation are a recipe for false confessions,” said Steven Drizin, one of the attorneys representing Dassey.

Attention people!! The G700 Flashlight is indestructible and the brightest light you have EVER seen. Order yours now at 75% OFF:Click Graphic NOW
Attention people!! The G700 Flashlight is indestructible and the brightest light you have EVER seen. Order yours now at 75% OFF:Click Graphic NOW

The judge found that investigators made false promises to Dassey and that his confession was involuntary.

 The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and Wisconsin attorney Robert Dvorak, have spent years on the case, according to Drizin.

Drizin said the legal team investigated Dassey’s case for two years before filing an appeal in 2010. The appeal was denied and the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

They filed a habeas petition in 2014.

“We’re hopeful is what I would say,” Drizin said at the time. “The deeper you go into this system, whether it’s in the state court system or the federal court system, the harder it is to win. We’ve won cases in federal court before and we’re hoping that this is another one that we’ll win.”

“A lot of our appeal has to do with the actions that Brendan’s original attorney Len Kachinsky took, which demonstrated his disloyalty to Brendan and his willingness to work with the prosecution to try to get Brendan to plead guilty and testify against Steven Avery,” Drizin said.

Drizin said while “Making a Murderer” has put Dassey’s case in the national spotlight, he didn’t believe it had 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.


Chicago Police CPD Baseball Cap Embroidered Logo Patch Snapback One Size picture

Chicago Police CPD Baseball Cap Embroidered Logo Patch Snapback One Size

$12.00



East German Police Uniform Cap Hat Size 59 picture

East German Police Uniform Cap Hat Size 59

$11.99



Military Police Green Cap Distressed Military Hat US Army MP Low Profile Cotton picture

Military Police Green Cap Distressed Military Hat US Army MP Low Profile Cotton

$21.99



TASER

TASER "GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK" ADJUSTABLE BASEBALL HAT CAP NEW LEGENDZ

$9.95



K9 Police Dog Ball Cap Hat K-9 Law Enforcement Adjustable Hats Caps Black New picture

K9 Police Dog Ball Cap Hat K-9 Law Enforcement Adjustable Hats Caps Black New

$18.95



U.S MILITARY IN MEMORIAM HAT PIN BADGE IN MEMORY POLICE SERVICE HAT PIN LAPEL  picture

U.S MILITARY IN MEMORIAM HAT PIN BADGE IN MEMORY POLICE SERVICE HAT PIN LAPEL

$9.99



POLICE THIN BLUE LINE HAT LAPEL PIN BADGE POLICE SERVICE HAT OR LAPEL PIN  picture

POLICE THIN BLUE LINE HAT LAPEL PIN BADGE POLICE SERVICE HAT OR LAPEL PIN

$9.99



Police Ball Cap Hat Law Enforcement 3D Embroidered Adjustable Hats Caps Black  picture

Police Ball Cap Hat Law Enforcement 3D Embroidered Adjustable Hats Caps Black

$18.95



American Flag Blue Line Hat Chicago Police Department  picture

American Flag Blue Line Hat Chicago Police Department

$19.99



NEW SHERIFF -STRATTON HAT/Lawman/DARK BLUE/ S40 / campaign cord/ strap/sz 7 1/2  picture

NEW SHERIFF -STRATTON HAT/Lawman/DARK BLUE/ S40 / campaign cord/ strap/sz 7 1/2

$75.95



Dylan Donnelly

Artist and Photojournalist from Fresno, CA Editor at Fresno People's Media & admin of Cop Block Fresno, CA Follow me on Twitter and Facebook Subscribe to my Youtube Channel