Ruling for a federal lawsuit in the case of Brendan Dassey, who along with his uncle and Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery is serving life in prison, is pending.
It has not been determined when a decision in this regard will be handed down. The final briefs in the case were handed over more than a year ago.
The decision will be made by Federal Magistrate William E. Duffin. A new trial has been requested for by Dassey’s lawyers in the case of the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. Dassey and his uncle Avery are serving life in prison.
Avery previously spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before he was exonerated by DNA evidence which proved he was not involved in the crime. However, in 2005, he was arrested for the murder of Halbach. Dassey was also taken into custody for acting as his uncle’s accomplice.
According to the website of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Duffin has been in private practice for more than 25 years. He completed his B.S. from the University of Illinois and J.D. from the University of Iowa; upon which he held the position of a law clerk to Justice K. David Harris of the Iowa Supreme Court.
Duffin has also served as a president of the 7th Circuit Bar Association and is a former board member of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association.
Some legal experts have said Dassey’s case could take more time. Michael O’Hear, professor at the Marquette University Law School, said that it is not rare for cases like Dassey’s to time before rulings are issued.
“I don’t know the average length of time to decide habeas cases, but I’ve certainly seen others that have taken this long or longer,” O’Hear said, as reported by Post Crescent. “My sense is that there are some unusually complicated legal and factual issues in this case. Also, when a case is in habeas, there is a lot of added complexity that comes from all of the special rules that are intended to discourage federal courts from granting relief to state prisoners.”
In the wake of the release of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Dassey has received a lot of support from people worldwide.