Wisconsin AG asks court to review Dassey ruling

The decision to overturn his conviction was upheld with a vote of 2-to-1 by a three-judge panel at the Chicago-based Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - A spokesman for Wisconsin's attorney general say an appeals court erred in affirming that a confession was improperly obtained from Brendan Dassey in a criminal case featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer".

Brendan was just 16-years-old and mentally impaired when he confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, kill Teresa Halbach. In 2007, Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

A big win for Brendan Dassey: A federal appeals court panel has ordered Wisconsin to retry the inmate within 90 days or set him free, Courthouse News reports. He also overturned Dassey's conviction, granting Dassey's writ for petition of habeas corpus and finding that his imprisonment was unlawful. She said they did the math and determined that he had been in prison for 4,132 days as of Thursday. The decision is a win for the team behind the Netflix docuseries, who heavily suggested that Dassey's confession was coerced, but it also raises a myriad of questions. So while it's possible that Dassey will get out of prison, it probably won't be for quite some time, if ever.

Netflix's Making a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series that follows the case of Wisconsin natives Avery and Dassey.

He then censured the Wisconsin state court which recognized Dassey's confession and handed down the life sentence, saying, "we can have no confidence that it considered the totality of the circumstances at all".

"It calls into question standard interrogation techniques that courts have routinely found permissible, even in cases involving juveniles", Hamilton wrote. Avery, who had previously been jailed for 18 years for a sexual assault in 1985, was exonerated in that case by DNA evidence in 2003. But despite this ruling, Dassey's time in prison and court still might not be over. No matter where you landed on the show or guilt of Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey, the one take away everyone could agree on is that justice was not served.

Another of his attorneys, Steven Drizin, said today's ruling should send a loud message to state district courts and state appeals courts, which initially upheld Dassey's 2007 murder conviction.

  • Salvatore Jensen