DOJ Mulling Next Move Following Dassey Ruling

6/23/17 – The state Justice Department is considering its next move, after a federal appeals court agreed that Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction should be overturned. A three judge panel ruled 2-1 Thursday that U-S Magistrate William Duffin was correct last summer, when he threw out Dassey’s conviction for the shooting, rape, and burning of Teresa Halbach in 2005 at an auto salvage yard in Manitowoc County owned by the family of Steven Avery — who’s also appealing his conviction after it was questioned in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Duffin said Dassey, who was 16 at the time, was coerced into confessing to officers who made false promises to him. A spokesman says the state is considering whether to appeal Thursday’s ruling to either the full appellate court in Chicago or the U-S Supreme Court. In the meantime, Dassey remains in prison.