STORY: "'Making a Murderer' nephew Brendan Dassey ordered to be released by judge ," published by The Associated Press on November 15, 2006.
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GIST: "A man whose homicide conviction was overturned in a case profiled in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" could be celebrating Thanksgiving at home with his family in Wisconsin after a judge ordered him to be released from prison. Brendan Dassey's release was ordered by US Magistrate Judge William Duffin on Monday even as prosecutors appeal the judge's earlier ruling overturning Dassey's conviction. It's not clear how quickly Dassey will be released. He faces a Tuesday deadline to provide information on where he will live and federal probation officers must also inspect the site before he is released. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel promised to file an emergency motion in the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals to keep Dassey behind bars. Duffin ruled in August that investigators tricked Dassey into confessing he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape, kill and mutilate photographer Teresa Halbach at the Avery family salvage yard in Manitowoc County in 2005. Investigators allege Avery lured her there by asking her to take photos of a minivan. The state has appealed that ruling and argued Dassey should remain in prison while it was pending. Dassey was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault and mutilating a corpse. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007. Court documents describe Dassey as a slow learner who had poor grades and has difficulty understanding language and speaking. In his August ruling, Duffin said investigators made specific promises of leniency to Dassey and that no "fair-minded jurists could disagree." Schimel, in his appeal, said investigators did not promise leniency and they specifically told Dassey that no promises could be made. Attorneys are in the process of filing legal briefs in the appeal, which is expected to be argued sometime next year. State prosecutors argued that in the meantime, Dassey should remain in prison because he is a serious threat to public safety. But Duffin in ordering Dassey set free cited his "exceedingly benign" prison disciplinary record and the fact that he had no convictions before the Halbach case. Dassey, now 27, was 16 when Halbach was killed. The judge ordered Dassey released as soon as the federal probation office approved where he was going to live and "completed whatever additional investigation it deems necessary." Dassey's attorney, Steve Drizin, said he did not know how long that would take but he hoped Dassey would be free by Thanksgiving, which was just 10 days away. "That's what I'm focused on right now, getting him home, getting him with his family and then helping him to re-integrate back into society while his appeal plays out," Drizin said."......... Avery was convicted in a separate trial and was also sentenced to life in prison. He is pursuing his own appeal. Their cases gained national attention after Netflix aired "Making a Murderer" last year. The series spawned widespread conjecture about the pair's innocence. Authorities who worked on the cases said the series was biased, but it generated calls from the public to free both men."