Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer calls the decision to keep Brendan Dassey in prison a “good result.” He says it’s in line with other court rulings, and says people must be patient as the legal process drags on, in respect to the family of Dassey’s murder victim. Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Chicago approved the state’s request to keep Dassey in prison while it appeals the August ruling that threw out his guilty verdict in the brutal 2005 slaying of Teresa Hallbach near Mishicot. Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery are both in prison — and their convictions were called into question by the Netflix T-V series “Making a Murderer.” Dassey’s lawyers were disappointed that the appeals court overturned a magistrate judge’s ruling that would have freed him by eight tonight — and as the defense puts it, “The fight goes on.”
U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin ordered that Brendan Dassey be released from prison by eight tomorrow evening. Dassey was convicted along with his uncle Steven Avery of killing Teresea Halbach in 2005 . Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction in August saying investigators tricked him into confessing. Duffin ordered Dassey released Monday. State Attorney General Brad Schimel asked Duffin Tuesday to stay his ruling but he overruled it.
Should Brendan Dassey go free by 8 p-m Friday…there are reports he will be living in a family-owned trailer with his mother about100 miles from the city of Manitowoc in the town of Stephenson just west of Crivitz. Dassey would spend one to three months at the rural location and then possibly move to a location in Brown county. Dassy’s attorney reportedly said; by moving to the town of Stephenson, it would minimize disruption for the Manitowoc community, the Halbach family. When released, Dassey will be under the supervision of the United States probation office. The state justice department planned to file an emergency motion to the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals in Chicago seeking to block Dassey’s release.
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.
The state Justice Department has told a federal magistrate judge he would do “irreparable harm” if he frees Brendan Dassey while the dismissal of his murder conviction is appealed. Milwaukee Magistrate Judge William Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction in August for helping his uncle Steven Avery in the slaying of Teresa Halbach in 2005 in Manitowoc County. Dassey’s lawyers have since asked the magistrate to release him while the state tries to keep his conviction in place. The state says Dassey should still be considered dangerous if he’s freed, and Halbach’s loved ones could be hurt the most by his release. The state also says the federal appeals court in Chicago should be the one to consider the release request.
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.
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.