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27-year-old Brendan Dassey from Wisconsin will not be released from jail, despite having his conviction overturned.
In 2007, Dassey was convicted of being party to first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault, all at the tender age of 17. It was believed that he worked alongside his uncle, Steven Avery, in the rape and murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach, 25.
However, a federal court judge overturned this conviction on 12th August this year. It’s thought that Dassey might not actually be guilty and that he may have been pushed into making a confession. It’s scary to think that a life might be so easily ruined by corrupt authority.
…why is admitting you were wrong so hard?
FREE BRENDAN DASSEY@WisDOJ
— AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) November 18, 2016
After an order for Dassey to be released within 90 days and Duffin’s order for him to be released, the state’s Attorney General filed an emergency appeal. Now Dassey’s release has been blocked by a three-judge panel pending the result of the appeal.
But after 9 years of jail time, you really have to wonder what happened to the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’. And a forced confession hardly counts as proof.
Let’s just hope that whatever the outcome of this appeal, justice can be found for Teresa and her family’s sake.