Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Court upholds 'Making a Murderer' defendant Brendan Dassey's murder conviction

Court upholds 'Making a Murderer' defendant Brendan Dassey's murder conviction

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey will not be freed from prison after a USA appeals court voted to uphold his murder conviction Friday.

"No reasonable state court, knowing what we now know about coercive interrogation techniques and viewing Dassey's interrogation in light of his age, intellectual deficits, and manipulability, could possibly have concluded that Dassey's confession was voluntarily given", she wrote.

A federal judge overturned Dassey's conviction previous year, ruling that investigators coerced the confession.

A U.S. appeals court has declined a motion to free a man convicted of a killing featured in the hit Netflix series "Making a Murderer". "I view this as a profound miscarriage of justice", the Associated Press reports.

Dassey's life sentence will remain in effect.

The decision to uphold his conviction hinged on whether findings by Wisconsin state courts that Dassey wasn't coerced into confessing were reasonable.

Both Avery and Dassey contend police framed them because they wanted revenge against Avery for filing a lawsuit against Manitowoc County over wrongful imprisonment for a sexual assault he didn't commit.

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One of the judges who voted for Dassey to be freed Friday said the decision to uphold the conviction was a "miscarriage of justice".

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner wrote: "His confession was not voluntary and his conviction should not stand, and yet an impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison".

Dassey's lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, issued a statement saying they were disappointed by the reversal and planned to appeal to the US Supreme Court. "Indeed, when such tactics are applied to vulnerable populations, the risk of false confession grows intolerably". That led to Friday's ruling.

Steven Avery attorney has filed a new motion for appeal. "Dassey will spend the rest of his life in prison because of the injustice this court has made a decision to leave unredressed".

Avery, 54, is serving a life sentence at a Wisconsin prison.

The 10-part Netflix series, which premiered in late 2015, renewed interest in Avery's ongoing legal troubles, leading to calls for his release.

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