Federal court hears arguments in Dassey appeal

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There is still no answer on whether or not Brendan Dassey will be released from prison. 

Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery, are serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. 

Earlier this year, a federal judge tossed out Dassey’s confession and conviction. 

The state, however, appealed that ruling, sending the case to the appeals court in Chicago. 

Both sides made their arguments Tuesday morning in a Chicago court room. 

The defense and the prosecution in the Brendan Dassey appeal hearing had 20 minutes of arguments with three federal judges listening to each side as to whether or not to rule in favor with overturning Dassey’s conviction.

In court Tuesday, the main topic was Dassey’s competency when he confessed to the murder. 

The defense told the judges that during the investigation, officers offered fake promises of leniency, saying officers said things like, “You don’t have anything to worry about” or “honesty will set you free.”

The prosecutor for the case, Luke Berg, said these were simply interview tactics the officers were using, yet the state remains hopeful the conviction will not be overturned. 

“I am hopeful on behalf of the state, obviously, that the confession will not be overturned. This decision will affirm what it is that the state court of Wisconsin have constantly held in this case that there was no improper influence. There was no coercion on any occasion,” Ken Kratz said. 

If the reversal of Dassey’s conviction is upheld, the state would have to decide whether to put him on trial again or allow him to be released from prison. 

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