The U.S justice system has come in for heavy criticism after documents relating to the Making A Murderer court case were released.
Following the overturning of Brendan Dassey’s conviction, a number of court papers are slowly beginning to make their way into the public domain, reports The Mirror.
Sneak previews of the files which have been leaked on Twitter appear to question the role and motivations of both the police involved in the case and the criminal justice system as a whole.
The district court found Brendan Dassey's case to be an "extreme malfunction" of Wisconsin's justice system. pic.twitter.com/mPaBR4ynuw
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 12, 2016
The official documents read:
The present decision is made in full appreciation of the limited nature of habeas remedy under AEDPA and mindful of the principles of comity and federalism that restrain federal intervention in this arena.
However, the high standard imposed by AEDPA is not a complete bar to relief.Advertisement
While the circumstances for relief may be rare, even extraordinary, it is the conclusion of the court that this case represents the sort of ‘extreme malfunction in the state of the criminal justice system’ that federal habeas corpus relief exists to correct.
In 2007, Dassey was found guilty of the first-degree homicide of Teresa Halbach. During the court case he was interviewed without a lawyer or parent present – something which is heavily criticised in the leaked documents.
You can't tell me that the investigators failed to appreciate what they were doing in this line of questioning. pic.twitter.com/lrI9V1vzbx
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It has also been claimed that he was coerced, persuaded and even threatened into admitting to crimes he had no idea had even occurred.
Brendan was originally sentenced to life imprisonment however the ruling has now been overturned and the 26-year-old could be free within 90 days with the documents stating he should be ‘released from custody unless, within 90 days of the date of this decision, the State initiates proceedings to retry him’.
It’s about time. Let’s see how Steven Avery’s case unfolds now…