Brendan Dassey vs Michael Dittman 7th Circuit Court - September 26th 2017

Judge Wood: We are now ready to hear our case for this morning Brendan Dassey against Michael Dittman and we will begin with Mr Berg and Mr Berg I have to tell you, that unfortunately, the general services administration turned the power of in this building over the weekend, and they couldn’t get the podium lights to work this morning. So, we will have cards, I think the old fashion way. I’ll be glad to remind you when you get to your rebuttal time, if you would like me to do that? Luke Berg: I would appreciate that. Judge Wood: Certainly, so you may proceed. Luke Berg: Good morning and may I please the court? Brendan Dassey confessed because his guilt became unbearable. What he and Avery di

‘MAKING A MURDERER’: COULD BRENDAN DASSEY CONFESSION HAVE BEEN SUPPRESSED?

Although former defense lawyer Len Kachinsky says he made a valiant attempt to suppress Making a Murderersubject Brendan Dassey’s 2006 confession, his argument was not based on case law used by Dassey’s current attorneys. Kachinsky told the Inquisitr on September 11 that his inability to convince Judge Jerome Fox that Dassey’s confession was involuntary lied largely in the absence of a law requiring adults to be present when juveniles are questioned by police. The now municipal judge is correct. There is no such law on the books in the state. In Wisconsin, police must only attempt to notify a juvenile’s parents or guardian, but can commence with interrogation without an adult in the room. Th

‘Making a Murderer’ documentary is having a huge impact on court cases

In the US, a prospective juror for a murder trial has been eliminated, for watching the documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’. The decision was a result of a concern raised by Azhar Sheikh, the defense attorney for the accused, according to Michigan’s The Voice. Michael O’Kelly, a witness Sheikh is due to call in the case, features in the documentary, and the lawyer feared this exposure to O’Kelly could influence the jury. Making a Murderer is a documentary series detailing the murder trial of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. They were both accused of, and tried for, the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. O’Kelly was employed as an investigator by Dassey’s attorney, to carry out an examinati

Third Degree Lite: The Abuse of Confessions

Photo: G20 Voices This year 20 million viewers of Making a Murderer had ring-side seats to the interrogation of Brendan Dassey. The video is a play-by-play of how to extract a confession using what is known as the Reid Method. This interrogation technique is employed by virtually every law enforcement agency in North America. Over the past half-century, hundreds of thousands of officers have been trained to use it. The point of the Reid Method is not to gather information that will help solve the crime; it is to obtain a confession from a suspect that the police have decided is guilty. To that end, the detectives bullied and cajoled their 17-year old, 73-IQ suspect, all the while feeding him

Brendan Dassey Protecting Juveniles in Wisconsin

In 1995 the state of Wisconsin transferred responsibility for juvenile delinquents and offenders from the Department of Health and Social Services to the Department of Corrections. This came the same year as the fear of a coming generation of 'super predators' drove policy decisions across the United States. As a result, Wisconsin implemented policy in 1996 that lowered the age of delinquency to age 10 and saw 17-year old's subject to involvement in the adult justice system at local and state level. The age of recidivism had begun. Wisconsin’s commitment to juvenile justice reform has failed to assuage the disparities in approach, despite deferred prosecution agreements, restorative justice

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