‘Making a Murderer’ subject asks for Supreme Court review

Brendan Dassey is appealing his murder conviction to the Supreme Court. (Eric Young/AP) Brendan Dassey, whose conviction was highlighted in the popular Netflixdocumentary “Making a Murderer,” asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to throw out the confession he made more than a decade ago, saying it was improperly coerced. The controversial interrogation of the then-16-year-old was featured in the award-winning documentary, which premiered in 2015. His confession has been both affirmed and thrown out by lower courts, and his lawyers are now arguing that the Supreme Court should weigh in. Dassey, now in his late 20s, was convicted in 2007 of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Nirider at 312-503-8576 or l-nirider@law.northwestern.edu Steven Drizin at 312-503-8576 or s-drizin@law.northwestern.edu Former United States Solicitor General Seth Waxman joins Dassey’s Supreme Court team WASHINGTON DC -- Today, Brendan Dassey’s legal team filed a petition for a writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court, asking the high Court to agree to hear Brendan’s appeal. If the Court accepts the case, it will mark the first time the Court has agreed to hear a juvenile confession case of this type in nearly forty years. Lending formidable experience and firepower to the legal team, former Solicitor General of

The Wrongful Conviction of Brendan Dassey and Wisconsin's Political Divide

“The Wisconsin comeback has only just begun” tweeted Wisconsin incumbent Governor, Scott Walker. Walker was first elected Governor in the 2010 Wisconsin general election, with 8 years of reforms and pro-growth policies nowhere in sight, it begs the question ‘is he coming back from his own inadequacies?' John Doe As the 45th Governor of Wisconsin and considered somewhat of a pariah for the liberal faction and a demi-god for conservatives, Walker’s moniker is firmly steeped in the illegal collusion of lobby groups and the murky waters of ‘dark money ‘accusations. Such accusations given credence by documents leaked in 2016 which highlighted his questionable fundraising and his reliance on priva

Confessions, case law and 50 years of silence from Supreme Court

Last August I wrote about Brendan Dassey, the teenager convicted of murder in Wisconsin along with his uncle, Steven Avery. This case was the subject of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning documentary “Making a Murderer.” The conviction was based almost solely on his confession. Dassey, a 16-year-old special education student with an IQ between 74 and 81, was involved in hours of police interrogation. He eventually confessed to murder, rape and the burning of the victim’s body. Despite the lack of even a single piece of physical evidence linking him to the crime, Dassey was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Last year, in an exhaustive 104-page opinion, Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner of the

Lawyer for 'Making a Murderer' subject wants Supreme Court to review case

A lawyer for Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects in Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” said he hopes the Supreme Court will review his client's case. Steven Drizin spoke with Martin Pritikin, the dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University, as part of a Facebook Live with about his experience with Dassey's case. The last movement on Dassey's case happened in December, when the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled police properly obtained Dassey's confession and he should remain behind bars. In 2007, Dassey was convicted as a teenager along with his uncle Steven Avery of murdering Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison. Then, in 2015, his story and interro

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