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Entire Seventh Circuit Will Hear Making A Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Case


The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the State of Wisconsin’s request for an en banc hearing in the case of Brendan Dassey. That means the entire circuit of judges on the Seventh Circuit will hear the case.

Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery were convicted in the death of freelancer photographer Teresa Halbach. Their stories were made globally famous in the Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer.”

Previously, a panel of judges on the Seventh Circuit decided Dassey’s so-called “confession” was not voluntary and, thus, should not have been admissible at trial. Without the confession available as evidence, the state would struggle to re-try Dassey for the Halbach murder.

Three judges sat on the original panel. One disagreed and believed Dassey’s confession was voluntary and, thus, properly admitted at trial.

Now, the entire Seventh Circuit will hear the case. It is very rare for a circuit court to grant an en banc hearing. Oral argument will be heard on September 26th.

This is a breaking news story.  We will update it as details emerge.

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.