Brendan Dassey, the young man, made famous by the Netflix documentary, “Making A Murderer” has been ordered to be released by a Federal Judge while the state considers whether to refile. Dassey was arrested as part of the now infamous investigation into the death of Teresa Halbach.
The Netflix series showed interrogations that had been recording of Dassey, the indicated his confession was little more than coercion. Those fighting for Dassey and his uncle Steve Avery, the man the documentary featured can add another one to their win column versus Manitok County.
Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery have been serving life prison sentences for the 2005 killing of the freelance photographer. The case gained global attention after the release of the “Making A Murderer”, a Netflix docu-series making a case that the convicted killers were set up by a vengeful Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office.
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The order signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin on Monday says that a United States Probation Office monitor will make sure Dassey is compliant with the conditions of release imposed by the court.
Conditions include: Dassey shall not violate any laws, he must appear in court as required, he cannot have a gun or weapon, he cannot possess any controlled substances, and he cannot have contact with Steven Avery or the family of Teresa Halbach.
This case opens all kinds of doors in the world of Criminal Justice reform, including the significance of public opinion in these cases. Earlier this year Adnan Syed, the subject of the PBS podcast series, “Serial” was released pending a new trial as well. As someone who believes in holding those who serve us in the criminal justice system accountable, this is good news for me, however opening these old wounds will undoubtedly be difficult for the victim’s families.
One has to believe that it’s better to force the State to make its case without compromised evidence or confessions, to obtain a just outcome for all parties. In other words, we should make sure we find the person responsible for the murders in these high profile cases, instead of allowing them to slide the cases under the rug with an Alford plea, as they’ve been known to do.
If you’re unfamiliar the Alford Plea, allows the defendant to acknowledge there is enough to convict without claiming a guilty plea. It’s truly one of the most abused laws in favor of the state ever.
Look no further than the highly publicized “West Memphis Three” murder trials to see how the plea leaves both parties wanting justice. It’s a way for the State to close the case without losing the conviction, even if that conviction was obtained by questionable means.
Here’s hoping that this is just the first step towards finding out what happened to Teresa Halbach.