Attorney General Brad Schimel files appeal in Dassey ruling

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Attorney General Brad Schimel filed an appeal in the Brendan Dassey ruling.

Schimel filed the notice of appeal in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Dassey v. Dittmann Friday afternoon. 

“We believe 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,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Two state courts carefully examined the evidence and properly concluded that Brendan Dassey’s confession to sexually assaulting and murdering Teresa Halbach with his uncle, Steven Avery, was voluntary, and the investigators did not use constitutionally impermissible tactics.”

Schimel went on to say, “The Halbach family has been notified of the appeal and fully supports the State’s decision to seek justice on behalf of their daughter.”

Dassey is serving a life sentence for the murder of Teresa Halbach, but the conviction was overturned on August 12. 

The state had 90 days to appeal the decision, retry Dassey or release him from prison.

Dassey was convicted of the crime in 2005, along with his uncle, Steven Avery.

The case received international attention folling the release of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” last year.

To see the notice of appeal, click here

To see the docketing statement, click here

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