Dassey to remain in prison through appeal process

Brendan Dassey
Brendan Dassey

PORTAGE, Wis. (WBAY) – “The fight goes on.” That’s the message from Brendan Dassey’s attorneys after an appeals court on Thursday denied his release from prison.

“The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Brendan Dassey must stay in prison until his appeal is resolved.  We are disappointed more than words can say.  The fight goes on,” reads a statement from the Center from Wrongful Convictions of Youth. CWCY is part of the legal team helping the “Making a Murderer” subject with his appeal.

On Thursday a 3-judge panel on the Seventh District Court of Appeals granted a stay to Wisconsin’s Department of Justice, denying a lower court’s order that Dassey be released from prison.

“It is ordered that the appellant’s motion to stay is granted. The district court’s order releasing appellee Brendan Dassey is stayed pending resolution of this appeal,” reads the decision.

The ruling from the appeals court comes one day after U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin signed an order for Dassey to be released from Columbia Correctional Institution no later than Friday at 8 p.m.

The appeals court is higher than the district court on which Judge Duffin serves, thus the Seventh District decision stands.

Dassey’s cousin and family spokesperson Carla Chase reacted on social media by saying “words can’t express what we are feeling.”

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