Making a Murderer: Appeals court upholds Brendan Dassey's conviction

Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten or redistributed

A United States appeals court has declined a motion to free a man convicted of a killing featured in the hit Netflix series "Making a Murderer".

The decision from the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a federal judge's ruling that Dassey, a subject of Netflix's "Making a Murderer" series, was coerced into falsely confessing to Teresa Halbach's murder.

By a 4-to-3 vote, the appellate court ruled that Dassey's confession was not coerced, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Brendan Dassey had claimed that he was tricked into confessing that he helped his uncle rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.

Over a year ago, a federal judge overturned Brendan Dassey's murder conviction, setting the table for the subject of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer to be released from prison after almost a decade. In June 2017, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed that August 2016 ruling by a 2-to-1 count, but the state of Wisconsin requested that seven members of that court hear the appeal.

His attorneys, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, say they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Chief Judge Diane P Wood added: "Without this involuntary and highly unreliable confession, the case against Dassey was nearly non-existent".

She said: "His confession was not voluntary and his conviction should bot stand, and yet an impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison".

The court ruled his confession was voluntary.

Dissenting Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner said the decision was a "profound miscarriage of justice", however.

"Like many around the globe, we share the view of the three judges who wrote, in dissent, that today's ruling represents a 'profound miscarriage of justice, '" the pair said in an emailed statement.

Dassey's uncle, Steven Avery, who was convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985 but exonerated after serving 18 years in prison, was convicted two years after his 2003 release in Halbach's murder.

The judge pointed out in his ruling that Dassey had a low IQ, was easily coerced and changed his story multiple times, and was without proper legal representation during his police interrogations.

Authorities who worked on the cases said the series was biased.



Latest news

North Korea says UN envoy expressed willingness to ease tensions
North Korea is also concerned about the effects worldwide sanctions have had on the delivery of humanitarian aid. He visited a children's food factory and a hospital in Pyongyang on Thursday.

F1 sees distinguished manufacturers make a welcome return
It would also be nice to see a more competitive side to the sport, which usually sees one side dominate the entire season. The team is looking at Charles Leclerc from Ferrari, Marcus Ericsson or Antonio Giovinazzi who is a reserve for Ferrari.

Samsung shares hurt by negative Morgan Stanley forecast
The company will be starting construction soon on a special EUV facility as part of their Hwaseong complex in South Korea. The Note 8 has seen an incredible return to form for the company and saw over 4 million devices sold around the world.

Cyber Monday 2017 – The top sellers in electronics this year
Apple’s 9.7-inch Wi-Fi enabled iPad Pro was also still a great seller thanks to massive price discounts from retailers. Microsoft dropped their game changing console update, the Microsoft Xbox One X with a 1TB hard drive and 4K compatibility.

Other news