At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, prison reform activists jumped into action, flagging the unique dangers of the coronavirus behind bars. But as activists have gained ground in states like ...
In late 2015, the docuseries Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix, quickly becoming a worldwide sensation. The series featured the case of Brendan Dassey, a client of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY), who was convicted alongside his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Northwestern Law Professors Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider have represented Dassey since 2007, when Nirider was a Northwestern Law student. Over the years, dozens of Clinic faculty, students, and alumni have worked to free Dassey, who was coerced as a 16-year-old into falsely confessing to the crime. On October 19, Netflix will release Making a Murderer: Part Two, which follows the developments in Dassey’s case since 2015.
In August 2016, a district court judge found Dassey’s confession to be coerced and overturned his conviction. The State of Wisconsin appealed, but in June 2017, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit agreed with the district court’s decision, 2-1. The State then requested an en banc hearing before the full court, where they reversed the panel’s decision, 4-3, leaving Dassey’s conviction in place. Dassey’s team appealed to the Supreme Court, which declined to take the case in June 2018.
What was it like filming this time around, coming off the success of Making a Murderer Part 1 and knowing that millions would be watching?
How has Brendan’s life changed because of Making a Murderer?
Where Do We Go from Here After the Breonna Taylor Verdict: Gender, Race, and the Future of Social Movements
On October 1, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law co-hosted an academic panel discussion on the Breonna Taylor grand jury verdict.
Federal Bar Association grant will fund program about the legal rights and responsibilities of home ownership.