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Wisconsin appeals Brendan Dassey’s overturned conviction

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Variety is reporting that Wisconsin has decided to appeal Brendan Dassey’s overturned conviction, meaning the Making A Murderer subject might not go free anytime soon.

In August, a federal magistrate judge granted Dassey a writ of habeas corpus after it determined the actions of his bumbling, self-aggrandizing court-appointed attorney Len Kachinsky were “indefensible.” Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel said today, though, that he believes that “the magistrate judge’s decision that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced by investigators, and that no reasonable court could have concluded otherwise, is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law.” In other words, just because one judge believes it was sketchy doesn’t mean that the average jury would.


The Attorney General’s office just filed notice of the appeal in U.S. District Court today, meaning that there is no trial date set just yet. It is worth noting that victim Teresa Halbach’s family has been notified of the state’s decision and, according to Schimel, “fully support the State’s decision to seek justice on behalf of their daughter.”