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Brendan Dassey ordered released, but Wisconsin still insists his confession was “voluntary”

Brendan Dassey ordered released, but Wisconsin still insists his confession was “voluntary”
Brendan Dassey in Making a Murderer. (Photo by Netflix)

A federal judge ordered Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey to be released from prison, but the state of Wisconsin is attempting to block that order, and still pathetically claims that Dassey’s confessional was “voluntary.”

Update, Nov. 18: An appeals court ruled that Brendan Dassey must stay in prison while the state appeals. Brendan’s lawyers said in a statement, “The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Brendan Dassey must stay in prison until his appeal is resolved. We are disappointed more than words can say. The fight goes on.”

Earlier: Dassey’s conviction was overturned in September when a magistrate found that his confession was “involuntary” because of “repeated false promises” and “Dassey’s age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult.”

Monday, a federal judge said Brendan should be released while the state continues to appeal that overturned conviction.

But State Attorney General Brad Schimel and Assistant Attorney General Jacob Wittwer said in a motion late Tuesday that Teresa Halbach’s family and people in Wisconsin will “suffer real and substantial harm” if Brendan is released, and continued to insist that “Dassey confessed to extremely violent offenses and a jury unanimously found him guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse” and cited how “two state courts previously determined that Dassey’s March 1, 2006 confession was voluntary,” according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Netflix documentary series, which was released last December and which is in production on a second season now, included extensive footage of Brendan’s interrogation as he was basically talked into confessing even though he appeared to have no idea what was going on.

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