Making a Murderer confession was coerced

A 2005 confession by 16 year old Brendan Dassey, which featured in Netflix doco Making a Murderer, was made under coercion, a three-judge US federal appeals panel has ruled.

The State of Wisconsin can now appeal to the US Supreme Court, ask for a review by the full 7th Circuit or re-try Dassey within 90 days.

Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after telling detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier.

Last August a federal magistrate judge ruled investigators coerced Dassey into confessing and overturned his conviction. The state Justice Department appealed the ruling but a panel has now upheld the ruling.

A spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office expects to seek review nd hopes “that today’s erroneous decision will be reversed.”

Dassey remains behind bars where he has served 4,132 days so far.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

One Comment:

  1. Insane, I could see people arguing about Steven, but Brendan is a bigger victim.

    The judgements against the appear are insane. A piece of plastic film was found. That common type of plastic can be used to make rope. There for there’s reason to think the victim was handcuffed to the bed is literally something cited in one of the judgements. Despite the expert who said there was film stating there was no evidence of rope.

    Systems corrupt and judges just protecting their own.

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