Brendan Dassey, the shallow-IQ’d nephew of Steven Avery who was just 16 years old when he was interrogated by a bunch of hawkish greaseballs, will be released from prison within 90 days after a federal judge’s ruling last week.
Avery and Dassey, of course, were the subjects of Netflix’s life-consuming documentary series Making a Murderer.
Dassey has spent the last 10 years in jail, his conviction described as an “extreme malfunction” of Wisconsin’s justice system by the court that overturned it.
“The court’s decision rests on a fundamental principle that is too often forgotten by courts and law enforcement officers: Interrogation tactics which may not be coercive when used on adults are coercive when used on juveniles, particularly young people like Brendan with disabilities,” said attorneys Steven A. Drizin and Laura Nirider, who represented Dassey throughout the appeals process.
Dassey defendants were outraged by the way he was aggressively coerced into connecting himself to Avery’s alleged crime, the murder of Theresa Halbach. The court identified the manner in which his confession was obtained problematic; in 2007 two interrogators grilled the teen, who has well below-average intelligence, without a defence lawyer or his mother present.
Making a Murderer viewers were particularly saddened when Dassey complained of not being able to watch Wrestlemania as the trial dragged on.
That wish might come true after all: someone started a petition send Dassey to Wresetlemania, which after 2,500 signatures will be sent to WWE CEO Vince McMahon to hopefully return an invite for the now 26-year-old to attend the event. It has 1,700 signatures at time of writing.