Legal Analysis on Big Court Win for Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc Wis. A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit on Thursday

"When someone is innocent... they are always optimistic". Her family has rebuked the show, claiming it was one-sided.

"Mr. Dassey, now twenty-seven years old, has been held in custody since March 31, 2006 - since he was sixteen years old - for a conviction, based nearly entirely on an involuntary confession, that has been overturned", reads the motion.

In his dissent, Judge David Hamilton described the interview of Dassey as "gentle", and warned that the majority's ruling will pose new challenges for police officers. "It's obvious the confession was involuntary".

"By doing this - by linking promises to the words that the investigators wanted to hear, or allowing Dassey to avoid confrontation by telling the investigators what they wanted to hear - the confession became a story crafted by the investigators instead of by Dassey", the ruling states. Because of that, Dassey's release was stopped, pending another hearing.

"The Wisconsin state courts didn't look the specific qualities of Brendan Dassey-his intellectual limitations", Zellner said.

The state's attorney general filed a notice of appeal against that decision in September, as we reported. It was not contrary to or an unreasonable application of controlling Supreme Court precedent. Dassey has offered a detailed release plan that was prepared with the assistance of a clinical social worker with experience in similar cases. Weighed against this irrecoverable loss of time, it is undeniable that "every day Petitioner spends in prison compounds the substantial harm that he has suffered on account of imprisonment based upon an unconstitutional conviction". And it's not just any evidence, the Chicago lawyer said.

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Wisconsin prosecutors did not immediately say whether they would retry the case.

She says the state hid plenty from Jerome Buting and Dean Strang. Dassey told detectives that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach on the Avery family property in Manitowoc County.

Ken Kratz, the district attorney in neighboring Calumet County, who was brought in as a special prosecutor, wrote in his book "Avery" that Dassey was "a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut" who could have saved Halbach's life.

Authorities who worked on the cases insisted the documentary is biased. He went inside and found Halbach, naked and handcuffed to Avery's bed. She was likely killed between 3:40 p.m. and 3:50 her home in Hilbert, Wisconsin.

Steven Avery, seen in 2007, contends he was framed by police angry with his lawsuit for an earlier wrongful conviction for sexual assault.

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