Court blocks Dassey’s release from prison


An appeals court has granted the state’s request to keep Brendan Dassey in prison. 

Attorney General Brad Schimel filed an emergency motion to keep Dassey in prison Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, the Seventh District Court of Appeals approved the motion for the stay. 

“The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Brendan Dassey must stay in prison until his appeal is resolved.  We are disappointed more than words can say.  The fight goes on,” the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth said Thursday. 

On Monday, a judge ordered the supervised release of Dassey.

Schimel then filed an emergency motion late Tuesday afternoon to prevent Dassey from being released from Columbia Correctional Institution. That motion was denied Wednesday morning,  and U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin ordered Dassey to be released by 8 p.m. Friday. 

“In the motion to stay, the respondent largely reargues the same points already considered and rejected by the court in deciding Dassey’s motion for release. The court finds that reconsideration of these arguments yields the same conclusion. The respondent’s motion to stay is denied,” Duffin said in an order Wednesday.  

As expected, Schimel filed an emergency motion Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit seeking a stay of this release order and requesting relief by Friday.

READ: The motion Attorney General Brad Schimel filed Wednesday afternoon

That request was granted Thursday morning and now Dassey will stay in prison until his appeal is resolved. 

Dassey was originally imprisoned after he was convicted for his part in the killing of Teresa Halbach’s 2005 murder alongside his uncle Steven Avery.  The case gained world-wide notoriety after it was featured in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

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