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Netflix-Making of a Murderer Dassey Conviction Overturned

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Jeffco, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. I followed this from the beginning and have been following it ever since now comes the news that Brendan Dassey is set to have his conviction overturned.

    Netflix's Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey has conviction overturned

    A US judge has overturned the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, whose story was featured in the popular Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, along with his uncle.

    Key points:
    • Dassey's confession was ruled involuntary due to his low age, low IQ, and "inappropriate" conduct by investigators
    • Dassey may be released from prison in 90 days
    • The defence team suggested police used "improper methods" and planted evidence against Dassey's uncle
    In 2005 Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach on their rural scrap car property.

    Dassey is due to be released in 90 days unless prosecutors submit an appeal.

    Their story was featured in the documentary series, which prompted many to believe they were improperly convicted.

    The judge's order included strongly worded rebukes of the investigating police and of Leonard Kachinsky, the public defender appointed in 2006 to represent Dassey — a 16-year-old minor at the time.

    US Magistrate Judge William Duffin referred to Mr Kachinsky's representation as misconduct that was "indefensible", including his permitting investigators to interrogate his client without being present.

    He also said police investigators acted inappropriately toward Dassey.

    "The investigators … assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about," Mr Duffin said in the court order.

    "These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey's age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey's confession involuntary."

    County sheriff's department used improper methods: petition
    In a joint statement, Making a Murderer filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said: "As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead."

    The Emmy-nominated documentary was prompted by the unusual story of Avery, who remains in prison serving a life sentence.

    He was exonerated of a **** case through DNA evidence and freed from prison in 2003 after serving 18 years behind bars.

    Two years later, while he was suing Manitowoc County in Wisconsin over wrongful imprisonment, he was arrested over the death of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.

    The documentary series, and Avery's defence team, suggested that law enforcement officials in Manitowoc County planted evidence against Avery after he filed a $36 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the county over his 1985 conviction.

    Dassey was also charged with Halbach's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    Following release of the Netflix series, fans called for the two men to be freed and almost 130,000 people signed a White House petition asking for a presidential pardon.

    "There is clear evidence that the Manitowoc County sheriff's department used improper methods," the petition said.

    The White House explained that because the men were not convicted of federal crimes and "are both state prisoners", pardoning them was outside the scope of the President's power.

    Avery has filed a notice of appeal in his own case. His attorneys were not immediately available for comment.

  2. I too have been following this, and I can tell you from an investigators perspective, the Sheriffs dept acted so improperly, and on so many occasions that it is the officers who should be facing charges for perverting the course of justice.
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  3. I have this series on my wishlist but I had heard about it before, so glad there is some resolution happening!
  4. Do yourself a favour 69SIM and watch it. It's riveting stuff.

    And then once you're finished watching that, watch "The Jinx" featuring Robert Durst but be sure to resist googling it as it spoils the ending.

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  5. Will do! :D
  6. WOW. Finished watching it last night. Gobsmacking. Disgusting. Fu**ing corrupt A holes.
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  7. Strange how Manitowoc County handed over the investigation to Calumet County Sheriff's Department so that there wouldn't be any chance of tampering. No evidence was found in Avery's cabin by them, but then Manitowoc County deputies go into the cabin and find the key to Teresa Halbach's car on the floor of his bedroom in plain sight. And all this just days before Manitowoc County are to be sued millions for Avery's initial wrongful 18 year imprisonment. If Hollywood made this up no one would watch it for being so far fetched.
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