Dylan Schweers on Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth Casework - Brendan Dassey

"....but there were these Northwestern lawyers, professors, and students fighting for justice for Brendan." - Dylan Schweers Give pause to the impact that the fight for Brendan's freedom has had on the lawyers and students who work diligently, fueled by this egregious injustice. For further information on the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, click here.

Gerald Gault, Meet Brendan Dassey: Preventing Juvenile False and Coerced Confessions in the 21st Cen

In 1964, 15-year-old Gerald Gault was taken into custody by the sheriff of Gila County, a rural jurisdiction about 80 miles east of Phoenix, after a neighbor accused him of making prank telephone calls of the “irritatingly offensive, adolescent, sex variety.” Over the course of the following week, Gerald appeared twice in the chambers of a juvenile court judge, accompanied by his mother, older brother, and two probation officers. Though the hearings were not transcribed, later testimony indicated that the judge questioned Gerald both times about whether he had in fact made the calls. Gerald’s mother recalled that he told the judge only that he dialed his neighbor’s phone number and handed th

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