Brendan Dassey, the teenager who was railroaded by the justice system in the Netflix documentary Making A Murder, has been ordered to be released from prison.
If you were one of the many who got caught up in Netflix’s Making A Murder earlier this year, then you probably got fuming mad at how they did Brendan Dassey.
To catch you up a little, Dassey is a mentally-challenged teenager who was charged with murder for his role in the killing of Teresa Halbach in 2005. Viewers watched as prosecutors, and even his own lawyer essentially coaxed him into confessing to a crime that he seemingly had absolutely nothing to do with.
He’s been sitting in prison since 2007 and was set to be released in 2048. But now, TMZ is reporting that Massey is being let out by a federal judge.
A federal judge just ruled Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated when he was grilled, then tried for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
The judge ruled authorities crossed the line by interrogating the then 16-year-old without an adult present. The judge said authorities exacerbated the problem by assuring Dassey they were on his side.
And the judge said, “Dassey’s borderline to below average intellectual ability likely made him more susceptible to coercive pressures than a peer of higher intellect.”
And the judge had problems with the bluffs — investigators told Dassey at least 24 times they knew exactly what happened to Teresa. The judge said the false assertions had a “powerful effect” on Dassey — presumably prompting his confession.
The judge also had problems with Dassey’s first lawyer, Len Kachinsky … who allowed the prosecutor’s investigator to grill the client when Kachinsky wasn’t present. The judge called Kachinsky’s conduct “indefensible.” That, however, does not appear to be the basis for the ruling.
Wisconsin prosecutors have 90 days to decide if they want to retry Dassey.
Making A Murderer became a favorite among Hip Hop heads. So much that the series inspired the titles of a handful of rap songs, including Joe Budden’s Drake diss.
It was recently announced that there will be a second season of the show.