On June 22 of this year, a three-judge panel from Chicago's Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold last year's ruling of overturning Dassey's sentence. Dassey, now 27, was 16 years old when he was arrested for allegedly helping uncle Steven Avery rape and murder Theresa Halbach.
The death of Halbach and the conviction of Avery and Dassey placed Manitowoc County in the national spotlight. Many other factors and passages support the state courts' view that, overall, the confession was voluntary.
Wisconsin Department of Justice spokesman Johnny Koremenos says the office expects to seek review from the full 7th Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court.
The series showed footage of police interviews with then 15-year-old Dassey, wherein he had no legal representation or guardian present.
Attorney Laura Nirider said they want to send Dassey home to his mother as soon as possible. Weighed against this irrecoverable loss of time, it is undeniable that "every day Petitioner spends in prison compounds the substantial harm that he has suffered on account of imprisonment based upon an unconstitutional conviction".
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Detectives also gave Dassey fatherly assurances, the opinion states.
The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, which is representing Dassey, says the ruling places him "a significant step closer to achieving that justice". "We should reverse the district court's grant of the writ of habeas corpus".
In a 2-1 ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that Dassey's confession was coerced. "The pattern of questions demonstrates that the message the investigators conveyed is that the "truth" was what they wanted to hear".
According to the ruling released Thursday, Dassey's confession was not voluntarily given.
What lies ahead for Dassey is dependent on how the state of Wisconsin chooses to proceed.
The case was the subject of the 10-part documentary "Making a Murderer", which questioned the handling of the investigation and the motives of Manitowoc County law enforcement officials. Ken Kratz told the Avery jury that Halbach took a picture of a vehicle at the home of George and JoEllen Zipperer on October 31, 2005, then drove to the Avery property where she was killed later that afternoon. Still, the state may disagree for some stupid reason, so now Dassey just has to wait and see what happens.