Dassey's attorney argues full appeals court shouldn't take up case

CHICAGO (WLUK) -- Brendan Dassey's attorney says a request to have the entire Seventh Circuit of Appeals hear his case should be denied. Last month, federal judges in Chicago ruled 2-1 to uphold the decision vacating his conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. However, state prosecutors are asking the full court to review the decision. Following the state's request, a tribunal said Dassey should remain in prisonwhile the full court decides whether to take up the case. "No circuit splits or questions of exceptional importance have been identified that would justify the extraordinary step of rehearing such a fact-bound case," attorney Laura Nirider argued in a letter to the court. Re

Brendan Dassey and Wisconsin's Kangaroo Court

18 months ago, if you had asked me who Justice Abe Fortas was, or to cite the Supreme Court Justices of the United States, I would have nervously laughed and feigned an answer. I had at that time relocated from Dublin to Melbourne, and thoughts were full of reclaiming the country I was brought up in, and writing for a new company that had headhunted me from Dublin. Fast forward to July 2017, and not only can I recite the Supreme Court Justices, I too fear for the health of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I have drunk from the juvenile justice masterpiece that is In re Gault finding myself suitably intoxicated and compelled in equal measure. I greedily harbour a quote from the author of that landmark de


A lot has transpired this month in the two criminal cases connected to the Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer. Steven Avery’s attorney, on June 7, filed a 1,200-page motion for a new trial, accusing prosecutors and law enforcement of several civil rights violations. While the developments in that murder case grabbed most of the headlines, significant developments are swirling in Brendan Dassey’s bid for post-conviction relief, one that will likely leave the Wisconsin Department of Justice with little hope outside of successfully arguing that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Thursday’s ruling that his confession was voluntary. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has a difficult

Criminal justice experts: Brendan Dassey case has wide-reaching, national impact

APPLETON - The federal appeals process has yet to play out, but it’s already clear that the murder case against Brendan Dassey is having a national impact on the criminal justice system. Dassey won an important victory on June 22, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago affirmed a federal magistrate’s ruling in August 2016 that overturned Dassey’s conviction in the 2005 homicide of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, which intends to appeal the decision, won a victory of its own this week when the Seventh Circuit denied Dassey’s request to be released from prison on bond. While Dassey’s fate has yet to be determined — the st

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