Brendan Dassey conviction overturned

(39 Posts)
FoofFighter Fri 12-Aug-16 22:22:01

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37066686

Does anyone else follow this story?

I'm puzzled as to why it can take up to 90 days for him to be released though.

Cabawill Fri 12-Aug-16 22:28:40

Wow! This is justice as far as I'm concerned. I'm not one to be "outraged" very often at all but watching how they treated him gave me the absolute rage.

FoofFighter Fri 12-Aug-16 22:35:14

I swing between wether they were involved in any way or not, but whatever the truth, to treat a child like that was awful, leading him into it, putting the words in his mouth, denying him a responsible adult. I cannot believe Brendan ever got prosecuted.

cookiefiend Fri 12-Aug-16 22:45:15

I just don't understand the American justice system. Ours has its weaknesses, but some elements of that trial were terrible. A vulnerable suspect should never have been treated that way.

Cabawill Fri 12-Aug-16 22:46:40

My brother and I were obsessed with it when it all became popular last year. Neither of us can make our mind up about what actually happened but I agree with you about being able to prosecute him at all.

I wonder what kind of life he will have once he's released though?

FoofFighter Fri 12-Aug-16 22:49:04

He'll never have a normal life will he?

blueskyinmarch Fri 12-Aug-16 22:51:55

He was treated very badly by the police and prosecutors. He was a lad of limited intelligence and was never going to be credible. I am by very pleased he will be freed. I guess the 90 days allows the paperwork to be processed and to make sure he has somewhere to go when he leaves prison. He will be very institutionalised now.

ohjessie Fri 12-Aug-16 22:54:42

It sounds like the 90 days could be a bit problematic, something about how he will only walk free after 90 days of charges are not re-filed.
Is this another example of the unjust American judicial system?

Thisismyalias Sat 13-Aug-16 07:07:16

Doesnt this automatically put Averys conviction into doubt too? Because he was convicted partially based on Dasseys conviction.

Anyway such fantastic news for Branden and his family.

ThoraGruntwhistle Sat 13-Aug-16 07:27:57

I'm really glad to hear it. It seemed like he was forced into telling a story by the police and investigators, it sounded like he was guessing at details and wanting their approval. And a 16 year old with learning difficulties should never have been questioned alone anyway.

HerdsOfWilderbeest Sat 13-Aug-16 07:30:44

What a relief. That has haunted me since I watched it.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 13-Aug-16 07:32:01

Was relieved to see this , I hope he goes free. Can't see what case the state could possibly have to retry.

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sat 13-Aug-16 07:32:59

<Runs off to download Making a Murderer on Sky Box>

Freshprincess Sat 13-Aug-16 07:42:46

I don't understand why he has to stay in prison for 90 days if his conviction has been overturned.

The videos of him 'confessing' are shocking. He clearly doesn't understand how serious it is and is making it up. Doesn't he tell them at one point he has to go back to school or he'll get into trouble for missing a test?

HerdsOfWilderbeest Sat 13-Aug-16 07:52:05

I wonder if he will sue

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sat 13-Aug-16 07:52:47

There will be a book for sure.

MiddleClassProblem Sat 13-Aug-16 08:00:03

If he sued it would come from his family rather than him having watched it. Poor kid.

I wonder if in prison they taught him any vocational education like they do here? I have a feeling that quality of education in prison in the US varies wide from each facility.

I hope they gave him some skills to potentially go out and get a joB

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sat 13-Aug-16 08:16:50

Middle why would they have done that? He was sentenced to life. Unfortunately, I think it unlikely.

NoahVale Sat 13-Aug-16 08:20:05

i didnt watch it, did the TV convict him?

TobleroneBoo Sat 13-Aug-16 08:28:31

I really hope he isn't made to sue, he only needs to look at this whole situation to see that that is a terrible idea

Freshprincess Sat 13-Aug-16 08:29:14

NoahVale - no. The tv show was very much in their favour.

MiddleClassProblem Sat 13-Aug-16 08:33:09

Unless it was life without parole than in theory they could let him out in 30 yrs on parole but also many use education for the added mental stimulation and to reduce fights etc in prison. Also I think in the US they use those skilled prisoners to help out around the prison with maintenance, gardening, cooking etc

MiddleClassProblem Sat 13-Aug-16 08:35:08

Some prisons have set community projects from furniture making which they sell to a local garden. There's a prison that works with dog rescue and the inmates get a dog to train so it can be rehomed

RedAndWhiteArmy Sat 13-Aug-16 08:36:06

Really? Wow. I just finished watching making a murderer yesterday and felt so sorry for him.

MiddleClassProblem Sat 13-Aug-16 08:39:36

Btw I know the dog training programme definitely uses life sentence prisoners

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