Will Brendan Dassey Get A New Trial? 'Making A Murder' Fans Want To Know


It's news that Making a Murderer fans have long waited to hear: Brendan Dassey's conviction was overturned, ABC affiliate 12 WISN reports. E! News added that according to court documents, Dassey should be "released from custody unless, within 90 days of this decision, the State initiates proceedings to retry him." But if Dassey is expected to be released from jail in 90 days, will Brendan Dassey get a new trial? Here's where things get tricky. Dassey will, in all likelihood, be released from jail and a walking, talking free man unless the state of Wisconsin finds reason to retry him.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the publication that first broke the news, the decision to let Dassey walk was handed down by federal Magistrate William Duffin in Milwaukee. Previously, Dassey had argued that his constitutional rights were "violated in the way that the case against him was investigated." If the court is going to reopen the trial against Dassey, then yes, a new case will be required. According to, Northwestern University Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth's legal team (based in Chicago) took Dassey's case to federal court in Wisconsin in 2014. The hope at the time was that Dassey would be given a writ of Habeas corpus, which is "used to bring a party who has been criminally convicted in state court into federal court," according to Cornell University Law School. Most often, a writ of habeas corpus is used to review the legality of a person's arrest, detention, or imprisonment.

The Journal Sentinel noted that the 91-paged decision found that investigators "made false promises to Dassey during multiple interrogations." In the document, Duffin wrote,

The Wisconsin Department of Justice declined to comment on the case at this time. Romper also reached out to Brendan Dassey's lawyers, but did not hear back at the time of publication.

So basically, what this all boils down to is: Will Dassey get a new trial? Will the State pass on retrying his case? And if that's the case, will Brendan Dassey finally — finally — be free? Stephen Govin, LLC, a Criminal Defense Attorney in Milwaukee who is not involved in Brendan Dassey's case, spoke to Romper and said that if the State wants to try Dassey's case again they'll have to do it without his statement.

He added,

But here's where things get dicey: Govin says that if the State decides not to retry Dassey now, it doesn't mean that they'll shy away from doing so in the future.

No matter what the State decides, if after 90 days there hasn't been a new case brought against him, Brendan Dassey will leave jail. What happens after that, apparently, is anyone's guess.