Brendan Dassey and The Conscious Absence of Expert Testimony: A Conversation with Dr. Lawrence T. Wh

December 2006 saw Wisconsin in the glacial grips of a wintery blizzard with high snowfalls blanketing a state preparing for the upcoming trials of the two protagonists in the Teresa Halbach case. Nine months had lapsed since situational forces collided with the behavioural and intellectual idiosyncrasies of 16-year-old sophomore Brendan Dassey. A collision that resulted in the extortion of a false, coerced and uncorroborated confession. With the contentious beginning of Avery’s voir dire procedure looming, defence counsel Jerry Buting and Dean Strang set upon assembling expert witnesses to assist a panel of lay people in the decisional legal adjudication of a densely fact bound case. Among t

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