Attorney General expects court to take months on Dassey decision

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Attorney General Brad Schimel says it could be several months before a court makes a decision on the state’s appeal to keep Brendan Dassey in prison.

In August, a federal magistrate ruled that investigators coerced Dassey’s confession that he helped his uncle Steven Avery rape and kill Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County in 2005, and he overturned Dassey’s conviction. He gave the State 90 days to decide whether to release Dassey, hold a new trial, or appeal the ruling.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed the first brief in its appeal, arguing the confession was not coerced.

We talked with Schimel on Friday while he was in Green Bay. He said both sides will get another chance to respond.

“We’re still four or five months out from the briefing being done, then the court will consider the evidence. And, it was a nine-day trial, as I recall. There’s an enormous amount of evidence for the appellate court to look over and prepare with and so, it, we’re probably quite some months out from a decision,” Schimel said.

Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, is also looking to get a new trial for her client.