Dassey ordered to stay in prison during appeal

Ray Hunter
Ноября 25, 2016

A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators tricked Dassey into confessing he helped Avery, rape, kill and mutilate photographer Halbach in 2005.

Earlier this year, Judge Duffin overturned Dassey's conviction, saying his confession to investigators was coerced. The DOJ filed an emergency motion with the 7th Circuit hours later seeking to block the release. But prosecutors requested that he remain in prison, and on Thursday a federal appeals court in Chicago agreed.

The case came to global attention a year ago when Netflix screened Making a Murderer, investigating the discrepancies in the case. The series has raised questions about the investigation into Halbach's murder, and the trial that led to Avery and Dassey's convictions. The magistrate ordered that Dassey be freed unless prosecutors appealed or chose to retry him.

Brendan Dassey is escorted into a Wisconsin court for sentencing in 2007. His uncle, Steven Avery was tried and convicted separately in the homicide. Dassey had been ordered released on Monday by the same judge, contingent upon him meeting multiple conditions. It is not now clear why they denied his release, but the prosecution had argued that releasing Dassey would not be in the public interest.

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Though its recycled arguments twice failed to persuade Duffin to keep Dassey in custody while his grant of habeas relief is appealed, the Wisconsin Department of Justice tried them again with the Seventh Circuit. His story was featured on the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. "The fight goes on", the Center from Wrongful Convictions of Youth, which is assisting Dassey in his case, said in a statement on its website Thursday.

"The focus of the judge's decision was on the interrogation when Dassey confessed". Both were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Dassey's uncle Steven Avery is appealing his conviction for Halbach's murder. A judge ruled in August that lines of questioning used in 2006 to evoke a confession from Dassey were unconstitutional.

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