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2018-06-25 11:17:05
Supreme Court won’t hear case of Brendan Dassey, teen featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of Brendan Dassey, the teen convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case featured in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.

A federal appeals court had reinstated Dassey’s 2007 conviction in December in an appeal that had argued his confession should be tossed. The en banc decision by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had said the decision by a Wisconsin court upholding the confession was reasonable.

The 7th Circuit had acknowledged some factors that would support a finding that the confession wasn’t voluntary. They include Dassey’s youth (he was 16 at the time), his limited intellectual ability, some suggestions by the interrogators, inconsistencies in the confession, and assurances that honesty would produce leniency.

But there was no physical coercion, his mother had consented to the questioning, and Dassey had “provided many of the most damning details himself in response to open-ended questions,” the federal appeals court said.

The Washington Post has coverage of the cert denial.