Making a Murderer: Judge Overturns Dassey Conviction in Halbach Murder

I’m guessing this is good news to anybody who has seen Netflix’s Making a Murderer. My first reaction after watching the documentary was that Avery’s case certainly had a lot of reasonable doubt but Dassey’s conviction was just a travesty of justice. He was convicted based purely on his confession and after watching the police hammer on him during his interrogation, it was quite clear he had no idea at that point what he was confessing to.

Brendan Dassey, who was convicted along with his uncle, Steven Avery, in the murder of Teresa Halbach, had that conviction overturned Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee.

The shocking ruling, in a case made famous in the Netflix series “Making A Murderer,” could result in Dassey getting a new trial or being freed from prison. It gives prosecutors 90 days to decide whether to retry Dassey, although an appeal could extend the proceedings.

In his 91-page decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin was highly critical of investigators, Dassey’s pretrial attorney and the state courts on how they handled the case, concluding that Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated. He found that the prosecutor’s investigators made false promises to Dassey during multiple interrogations.

Trump: If Clinton wins Pennsylvania, She Cheated


Donald Trump declared Friday that there’s only one way he could lose the state of Pennsylvania: if he’s cheated out of it.
“We’re going to watch Pennsylvania. Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times,” he said at a rally in Altoona, Pennsylvania. “If you do that, we’re not going to lose. The only way we can lose, in my opinion — I really mean this, Pennsylvania — is if cheating goes on.”

Trump said that Republican leaders in the state “are very concerned” about the possibility of cheating — adding that “we have to call up law enforcement, and we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching.”
Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls in Pennsylvania is solid — a Quinnipiac survey of likely voters released Tuesday found Clinton leading Trump 52% to 42%. But both candidates are devoting significant resources to the state, which has a base of working class voters that Trump’s campaign hopes could work in his favor.

FiveThirtyEight’s data at the moment gives Clinton an 88% chance of winning PA.

NBC News brings up an excellent point: