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In Split Decision, “Making a Murderer” Confession Judged Voluntary

By December 11, 2017 No Comments

Last week a federal appeals court decided that the confession of Brendan Dassey, featured in the “Making a Murder” documentary series, was not coerced. Specifically, the court said that an earlier court ruling—a determination from Wisconsin state courts that the confession wasn’t coerced—was “reasonable.” This latest ruling means that Dassey will remain in prison, though his attorneys plan to “seek relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.” Not every judge on the appeals court agreed with its decision. One judge called it “a profound miscarriage of justice,” and another wrote in a dissent, “Without this involuntary and highly unreliable confession, the case against Dassey was almost nonexistent.”