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's Brendan Dassey was set to be released after spending 10 years in prison, but the Appeals court has ordered that he remain locked up.

In August, Judge William Duffin ruled that Dassey's conviction be overturned due to coercion tactics used by police to obtain a false confession for the murder of Theresa Halbach. Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery, are both serving life sentences for the crime.

Dassey was set to walk out of prison this week before state attorneys appealed the decision. The appeal is currently being processed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who ordered the stay on Dassey's release. As it stands, Dassey will remain in prison until the outcome of his appeal, and will not be home for Thanksgiving as initially expected.

Judge's Involvement In Similar Case

Kathleen Zellner, Avery's defense lawyer, has revealed some very interesting information about one of the judges responsible for the block on Dassey's release:

The judge Zellner is talking about is Frank Easterbrook, one of three Seventh Circuit Court judges responsible for the ruling. In 2005, Judge Easterbrook denied an appeal from convicted murderer Dan Young Jr. who, like Dassey, had a low IQ score and claims to have been coerced into confessing to a crime he did not commit.

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Young, whose verbal IQ score was just 10 points higher than the lowest anyone could score, was sentenced to life in prison for a 1990 rape and murder. He served 12 years of his sentence before DNA evidence exonerated both him and and another man.

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Suspicious Circumstances

Zellner, who also represented Young, maintains that Avery and Dassey were "both framed". She believes that Manitowoc police planted evidence to implicate Avery in the murder in order to avoid a $36 million lawsuit against them, later involving Dassey to strengthen their case.

In 2003, DNA evidence led to Avery's release after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Avery was in the process of suing the Manitowoc County Sherif's Department for the wrongful conviction when he was arrested for the murder of Halbach.

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Dan Young Jr. was released from prison in 2006, but was killed by a hit-and-run driver. At the time of his death, he and Zellner had filed lawsuits against both Chicago and Cook County law officials for malicious prosecution, false arrest and false imprisonment. Young was also about to receive a $130,000 restitution from the state for his wrongful imprisonment. The driver responsible for his death was never found.

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[Sources: Chicago Tribune, Weigel Broadcasting Milwaukee]


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