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Federal appeals court upholds conviction of Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, will remain in prison, following a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

With a four to three decision on Friday, the panel of judges ruled that Dassey’s confession about his involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was properly obtained by police.

Last year, the 28-year-old’s conviction was overturned when a federal judge ruled the confession had been coerced. Then, in June, a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stood by the determination, but the state appealed for a full court ruling.

In 2007, Dassey was sentenced to life after being convicted of being party to first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault. His case became national news upon the 2015 premiere of Making a Murderer. The Netflix true crime documentary series focused on Massey’s uncle, Steven Avery, and questioned the guilt of

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Federal appeals court narrowly upholds Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction

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With one dissenting judge calling the decision “a profound miscarriage of justice,” a federal appeals court in Chicago has reversed an earlier decision to overturn the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s true crime documentary hit Making A Murderer. The 4-to-3 decision hinged on whether individual justices believed that Dassey’s confession to the murder of Teresa Halbach—which the then-16-year-old has since recanted, claiming it was coerced—stood up in a court of law. Ultimately, the majority decided that it did.

The dissenting opinions in the case were blistering, though, with judge Ilana Diamond Rovner writing, “His confession was not voluntary and his conviction should not stand, and yet an impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison.” (Dassey was a high school sophomore enrolled in

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The suspect told police ‘give me a lawyer dog.’ The court says he wasn’t asking for a lawyer.

When a friend says, “I’ll hit you up later dog,” he is stating that he will call again sometime. He is not calling the person a “later dog.”

But that’s not how the courts in Louisiana see it. And when a suspect in an interrogation told detectives to “just give me a lawyer dog,” the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the suspect was, in fact, asking for a “lawyer dog,” and not invoking his constitutional right to counsel. It’s not clear how many lawyer dogs there are in Louisiana, and whether any would have been available to represent the human suspect in this case, other than to give the standard admonition in such circumstances to simply stop talking.

The ruling by Louisiana’s high court could have serious implications for a suspect charged with raping a juvenile, because it will allow his subsequent incriminating statements

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‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 3: Court TV

“If you knew Erik and Lyle, you would know that they are not spoiled,” Abramson tells the cameras. But even the boys’ family, watching at home, knows this doesn’t look good.

For we viewers of this series, however, the imaging is worse for Dr. Oziel, who has swiftly become the ascendant villain among a cast of lawyers, brats and killers. Judalon is an unmitigated disaster, and her testimony to police and in court contradicts his assertions at every turn. She’s clearly enjoying the media spotlight, which is growing ever hotter; Diane Sawyer has contacted her, and she’s thrilled. She is also told that she’ll be tossed out as a witness if she goes on TV.

But that can’t stop her from causing a stir in court. Her impossibly low-cut blouse notwithstanding (“Please ask her to stop flashing her impressive bosom at you,” Abramson begs the

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-season-1-episode-3-recap.html

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 3: Court TV – The New …

“If you knew Erik and Lyle, you would know that they are not spoiled,” Abramson tells the cameras. But even the boys’ family, watching at home, knows this doesn’t look good.

For we viewers of this series, however, the imaging is worse for Dr. Oziel, who has swiftly become the ascendant villain among a cast of lawyers, brats and killers. Judalon is an unmitigated disaster, and her testimony to police and in court contradicts his assertions at every turn. She’s clearly enjoying the media spotlight, which is growing ever hotter; Diane Sawyer has contacted her, and she’s thrilled. She is also told that she’ll be tossed out as a witness if she goes on TV.

But that can’t stop her from causing a stir in court. Her impossibly low-cut blouse notwithstanding (“Please ask her to stop flashing her impressive bosom at you,” Abramson begs the

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-season-1-episode-3-recap.html

Brendan Dassey To Remain Behind Bars, Appeals Court Rules

“In sum, the investigators promised Dassey freedom and alliance if he told the truth and all signs suggest that Dassey took that promise literally,” the appeals panel wrote in its opinion last week. “The pattern of questioning demonstrates that the message the investigators conveyed is that the ‘truth’ was what they wanted to hear. Dassey, however, had trouble maintaining a consistent story except when he was being led step‐by‐step through the facts, thus confirming that this confession emerged not from his own free will, but from the will of the investigators.”

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‘Making a Murderer’ confession was coerced and ‘crafted by investigators,’ court affirms


Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit Court room in Wisconsin in 2006. A panel on Thursday affirmed that Dassey, featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” was coerced into a confession and should be released from prison. (Morry Gash/AP)

The young prisoner featured in Netflix’s controversial documentary “Making a Murderer” was coerced into confessing to a 2005 killing, and his conviction should be overturned, according to a federal appeals court decision that could set up the case to go to the Supreme Court.

The detectives who interrogated Brendan Dassey manipulated the then-16-year-old, fed him facts that investigators wanted to hear, acted like father figures and made false promises of leniency — all to extract a confession that fit their theory, according to a lengthy opinion issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the

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Camille Cosby Accompanies Husband Bill to Court in Sex Assault Trial as Defense Rests

Bill Cosby’s wife Camille arrived at court with her husband for his sexual assault trial, PEOPLE confirms.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt confirmed that the two arrived at the courthouse in Norristown, where Cosby faces charges for allegedly drugging Andrea Constand in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in 2004.

Before Monday, Camille had been absent from the highly-publicized trial. Wyatt previously told PEOPLE that Camille had planned to attend “one day,” and has remained supportive of her husband of more than 50 years before and after he was charged.

The Cosbys smiled as they walked arm-in-arm into the courthouse and appeared to share a few laughs as they geared up for week two of the trial. The pair walked into the courthouse together but Camille entered the courtroom about 30 minutes later than her husband. She said in the front row.

Constand and

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Viewers Decide Controversial Court Cases in Fox Reality Show You the Jury, Hosted by Jeanine Pirro

America will be casting votes again soon — this time on Fox’s new reality show, You the Jury.

Hosted by Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro, a former TV judge herself, the new prime-time, unscripted reality show lets the audience be the jury and decide the verdict in a civil case in real time, in front of a former California judge. 

Starting Friday night on Fox, the series will feature headline-grabbing, controversial and real-life civil cases tackling topical issues like online trolling and the limits of free speech and the constitutional question of gay rights versus religious freedom. The “biggest jury pool in history” will even decide a wrongful death suit.

“What you’ve got are hot-button issues that America is talking about at the water cooler, at lunch or over the fence,” Pirro tells PEOPLE.

“I’m fascinated with the idea of America looking at these

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You the Jury: Viewers Decide Controversial Court Cases – People

America will be casting votes again soon — this time on Fox’s new reality show, You the Jury.

Hosted by Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro, a former TV judge herself, the new prime-time, unscripted reality show lets the audience be the jury and decide the verdict in a civil case in real time, in front of a former California judge. 

Starting Friday night on Fox, the series will feature headline-grabbing, controversial and real-life civil cases tackling topical issues like online trolling and the limits of free speech and the constitutional question of gay rights versus religious freedom. The “biggest jury pool in history” will even decide a wrongful death suit.

“What you’ve got are hot-button issues that America is talking about at the water cooler, at lunch or over the fence,” Pirro tells PEOPLE.

“I’m fascinated with the idea of America looking at these

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/jeanine-pirro-you-the-jury-reality-show-fox/