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.
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
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?
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