Last year, a federal judge tossed out Dassey’s confession and conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. The state appealed. Arguments are set for next Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.
The case gained international attention following the release of the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer,” which cast doubt on the legal process used to convict Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery. One of Avery’s attorneys featured in the series was in Racine Wednesday night.
Attorney Dean Strang has been following Brendan Dassey’s case closely, hoping justice is served.
“I’ve always been deeply unsettled by Brendan Dassey‘s conviction,” he says. “But how this appeal will come out is anyone’s guess.”Strang is also still unsettled by Steven Avery’s murder trial. He was Avery’s defense attorney.
“I lost a case that I probably shouldn’t have lost,” he says. “It’s a loss that sat uncomfortably with me the whole time. I don’t think the system served Steven Avery or the broader public well. It was my job to make the system work better, and I wasn’t able to do that. It’s never been a loss that I’ve been able to reconcile myself to. I shouldn’t. My hope is that we get somewhere closer to the truth.”
Strang thinks “Making a Murderer” is a fair representation of what happened. A sequel is coming later this year. More footage of Strang is expected to be in it. So, will he watch it?
“No, I would need a little coaxing to watch,” he says. “I lived it, and haven’t been all that anxious to relive it. I have no idea what footage they’ll use this time, or what the focus of the coming episodes will be.”
He does believe the docuseries has been effective in making people critically think about how our criminal justice system serves both people charged with crimes, and victims of crimes.
“Channel that concern into thinking about our court system and future cases,” he says. “Take an interest in what’s happening in the courthouse in your community. It’s one of the cornerstones of democracy.”
His hope remains: “I would like to see us get closer to understanding the truth of who killed Teresa Halbach. I don’t know where the truth lies here. I never have.”
Strang is in close contact with the Avery family. While he is no longer Avery’s attorney, he believes the results of new DNA testing in Avery’s appeal will be released soon.
Source: .tmj4.com by: Katie Crowther