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American Association for Justice - February 2017

Should I Take a Case Against a Bar?

Raymond M. Dall'Osto Talks About Dassey v. Dittmann

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin granted the defense motion for release of Brendan Dassey. This ruling follows the court’s August 12, 2016 grant of habeas corpus relief in Dassey v. Dittmann, 2016 WL 4257386 (E.D. Wis. 2016). The federal court granted habeas relief due to false promises that had been made to the 16 year-old Dassey, who had significant intellectual deficits, and lacked the assistance of counsel, which rendered his confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a press release that the State intends to file an emergency motion in the Seventh Circuit seeking a stay of this release order. U.S. Magistrate Judge Duffin’s order for release pending further appeal is well-crafted and provides numerous conditions and protections, which the Seventh Circuit may find to be sufficient so as to deny the Attorney General’s application for a stay. See Judge Duffin’s order here.

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