Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel will appeal the decision to overturn the conviction of Brendan Dassey, accused of acting as the accomplice of his uncle, Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery, in the killing of Teresa Halbach.
Last month, Judge William E. Duffin said that Dassey’s conviction was unlawful as the then 16-year-old was coerced into confessing during his interrogation with the police that he helped his uncle kill Halbach in 2005.
As reported by FOX 6 Now, the judge gave prosecutors a period of 90 days to either appeal or retry Dassey. Schimel will be filing to appeal judge Duffin’s decision in the seventh court.
Brendan Dassey: Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel’s professional credentials
In 2014, Schimel became the Wisconsin Attorney General with a majority of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. He currently heads the Wisconsin Department of Justice that has a staff of more than 650 workers.
As stated on his website, Schimel is part of the Wisconsin Judicial Council, he chairs the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council and Sexual Assault Response Team, and co-chairs the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Some of his other credentials include being elected to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Midwestern Region of the National Association of Attorneys.
A graduate of Mukwonago High School, he earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1987 and obtained his Juris Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. He started his professional career in 1990 with the Waukesha County District Attorney’s office.
Brendan Dassey: Confessional was ‘voluntary,’ says Brad Schimel
In a news release concerning the appeal, he said, “We believe the magistrate judge’s decision that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced by investigators, and that no reasonable court could have concluded otherwise, is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. Two state courts carefully examined the evidence and properly concluded that Brendan Dassey’s confession to sexually assaulting and murdering Teresa Halbach with his uncle, Steven Avery, was voluntary, and the investigators did not use constitutionally impermissible tactics.”
However, the Center for Wrongful Convictions of Youth expressed their disappointment for extending Dassey’s release. In a letter, the center wrote, “We are disappointed in the state’s decision to prolong Brendan’s case by seeing and appeal.”