'Making A Murderer' defendant Brendan Dassey gets new case hearing

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday, February 14th considered the fate of Wisconsin inmate Brendan Dassey featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer".

Dassey's attorney, Laura Nirider, spoke to Dateline about the manipulation allegations, saying: 'Those officers wanted that information in the worst way and they got it in the worst way by feeding it straight to Brendan Dassey'.

The ruling states that Dassey's confession was involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, who was killed on Halloween 2005.

A few months ago, Dassey's release from prison was blocked by a United States federal court despite the fact that a Milwaukee judge had ordered his release after ruling that investigators took advantage of the then 16-year-old Dassey's cognitive disabilities.

On Tuesday, arguments were scheduled in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago after Dassey's release from prison was blocked by the court in November.

The court will hear arguments Tuesday morning to decide whether Dassey's conviction should be overturned.

But Judge Illana Rovner immediately interrupted to ask Berg whether he believed a teen with a low IQ such as Dassey would understand the statement, "The truth will set you free", as an idiom.

Berg is arguing the 2016 ruling that Dassey's confession was coerced.

Dassey is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2048, when he's 59.

The Dateline special titled Return to Manitowoc County: The State vs. Steven A. Avery will focus on latest developments in the case and include interviews from former prosecutor Ken Kratz, as well as the first TV interview with Tom Fassbender, the former co-lead investigator. She reports that family members of victim Teresa Halbach have arrived for the hearing.

Judge David Hamilton seemed to dispute this, telling Mr Berg that obviously the investigators made vague promises of leniency. Hamilton said some aspects of Dassey's confession were not suggested to him by the detectives.

Nirider reminded the court that no physical evidence connects Dassey to the crimes, and nothing corroborates his claims to have shackled Halbach to the bed, raped her, and murdered her in the garage. "They knew they had a narrative to present and they picked and chose certain clips, they shuffled things around to make it look sketchy and they omitted a lot of the relevant evidence", the prosecutor said to Daily Mail.

"He remembers the very bad smell as she was burned". The panel has no timetable for a decision and it could be months before they rule.

The three-judge panel said it will take the matter under advisement.

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