Federal court rules against 'Making a Murderer's' Brendan Dassey

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Making A Murderer subject Brendan Dassey has had his conviction for murder upheld by a federal appeals court in Chicago.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction previous year, ruling that detectives took advantage of Dassey's youth and learning disabilities to coerce his confession.

But in a 4-3 decision, the United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has now ruled that Dassey's murder conviction should stand. Among the notable moments was video of Dassey, then only 16 years old, confessing to helping Avery rape and kill Halbach.

She said: "His confession was not voluntary and his conviction should bot stand, and yet an impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison". "The state courts' finding that Dassey's confession was voluntary was not beyond fair debate, but we conclude it was reasonable", the court's decision stated. "I view this as a profound miscarriage of justice", the Associated Press reports.

In her dissent, Chief Judge Diane P Wood added: 'Without this involuntary and highly unreliable confession, the case against Dassey was nearly nonexistent'. The case of Halbach's death drew national attention when Netflix aired Making a Murderer in 2015.

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The 10-part documentary called into question the handling of the case by law enforcement officials in Manitowac County.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction a year ago, ruling that detectives took advantage of Dassey's youth - he was 16 at the time - and learning disabilities to coerce his confession.

"Today's decision is a testament to the talent of the attorneys at the Wisconsin Department of Justice who have worked tirelessly to deliver justice for the family and friends of Teresa Halbach over the last decade", he said.

Dassey's only remaining legal option would be to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which Dassey's attorneys Laura Nirider and Robert Drizin pledged to do. But the state appealed that decision to the full seven-judge court, which reversed the panel's decision on Friday.

In October, a Wisconsin judge denied Avery's bid for a new trial.

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