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State to Challenge Order to Free Dassey

Brendan Dassey is still behind bars, as the state challenges a federal judge’s order to free the Manitowoc County man whose conviction was overturned after the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Milwaukee Magistrate Judge William Duffin says the 27-year-old Dassey must get a supervised release from prison with a number of conditions until the case is settled. Attorney General Brad Schimel says he’s filing an emergency request to delay the judge’s decision until the state can make its case for keeping Dassey imprisoned — but a Dassey lawyer expects his client “home by Thanksgiving.” Duffin says Dassey is not likely to flee if he’s let go, because his family is based in northeast Wisconsin and a detailed plan for his freedom includes time with an area social worker. Duffin ruled in August that Dassey’s conviction be thrown out for the Halloween 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach — and the state is appealing that ruling, as well as an effort by Dassey’s uncle Steven Avery to have a new trial in his case.

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Dr Phil Scores First Interview with Steven Avery

We’re about to hear from Steven Avery for the first time in years. The man who’s serving life in prison for the brutal killing of Teresa Halbach in 2005 will be a telephone guest on Doctor Phil McGraw’s syndicated T-V show Monday and Tuesday. It will be the first time Avery speaks for himself since the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was shown almost one year ago — and Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner has sought a new trial in the wake of the documentary series. In a news release, Avery is quoted as telling McGraw he expects to get out of prison soon — and when he does, he’ll marry his fiancee, Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman. She’ll be in the studio with Doctor Phil during the Avery segments.

 

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Dassey Trial Lawyer Says He Did His Job

Len Kachinsky, the lawyer who once represented Brendan Dassey, says he did his job amid criticism that he didn’t. The 63-year-old Kaschinsky admits a mistake by not being with Dassey when the teen was questioned by detectives in 2006, which is why the original trial judge removed the lawyer from the case. But Kachinsky tells the Appleton Post Crescent his challenge of an earlier confession by Dassey paved the way for an August 12th ruling by a federal judge that reversed Dassey’s conviction. Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were sent to prison for the killing of Teresa Halbach at the Avery family’s auto salvage yard in Manitowoc County in 2005. Kaschinsky says he did not get as much social media criticism as he did last December when the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” first raised doubts about Avery’s and Dassey’s convictions.

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Peaceful Protest in Support of Avery & Dassey Tomorrow

There will be a peaceful protest tomorrow in support of convicted murderers Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. The protest will take place near the county courthouse and the sheriff’s office beginning at 10AM.

According to Captain Larry Zimney, South 9th Street, between Washington and Marshall Street, will be barricaded off and closed to traffic.

With visitors already at local hotels, Zimney says that the department is planning to see a couple hundred protestors.

Zimeny emphasized that the protestors have a constitutional right to protest. The department is also planning for possible counter-protestors.

The peaceful protest is also expected to hold a candle-light vigil at 5PM tomorrow and could last until 10PM.

The protest is in response to the Dec. 18 release of “Making a Murderer,” a controversial 10-episode Netflix series questioning the tactics used by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and raising concerns about the validity of the convictions.

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