‘Making a Murderer’ Directors, Lawyers Respond to Brendan Dassey Overturn
Friday dropped a bombshell on anyone familiar with the subjects of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, namely that Steven Avery’s “accomplice” and nephew Brendan Dassey had his conviction overturned, and could well walk free. Now, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos respond to the shocking news, as well do former Avery lawyers Jerry Buting and Dean Strang.
Netflix had already announced that an undefined second season of Making a Murderer would see Ricciardi and Demos continuing to chart aftermath of their decade-long chronicle, though per TMZ, the Wisconsin overturn of Dassey’s conviction apparently caught all by surprise. For their part, Ricciardi and Demos reaffirmed their intent to follow developments in the case:
Today there was a major development for the subjects in our story and this recent news shows the criminal justice system at work. As we have done for the past 10 years, we will continue to document the story as it unfolds, and follow it wherever it may lead.
Buting offered a statement to Bustle, reiterating the deceptive and illegal manner with which Dassey’s “confession” had been obtained in the first place:
Brendan’s statements were not only involuntary, they were completely contradicted by the lack of physical evidence. This shows the folly of coercing a statement from a vulnerable target. It also vindicates what I have said for years: that law enforcement in the Teresa Halbach investigation was willing to go to extreme lengths to convict Steven Avery, the only person they seriously considered to be a suspect.
While Dean Strang, now in line for his own criminal justice series, offered a response to the Huffington Post:
Brendan’s statements were involuntary ― by the standards of common sense and decency that most Americans apply in their own lives, as well as under binding law that the Wisconsin courts repeatedly failed to apply. His statements were also wholly unreliable and flatly wrong on essential details, which is one of the obvious risks of coercing a statement from someone in custody. Our federal courts are often the last protectors of our liberties and justice. We are thankful and proud that a federal court fulfilled its fundamental role for Brendan Dassey today. In doing so, this federal court served all Americans.
As of Dassey’s overturn, Wisconsin has 90 days to either re-try Dassey or release him, to say nothing of Steven Avery himself, who last seemed inherently bitter to those previously arguing his defense.
Netflix has not issued any significant update on the timeline of Making a Murderer Season 2, but could Dassey’s potential release speed things along?