When Brendan Dassey Will Be Released From Prison Depends On Whether The Judge's Order Is Successfully Appealed — UPDATE
On Monday, a Milwaukee-based judge ordered the supervised release of Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey from prison pending a possible retrial for his 2007 convinction in the murder of Teresa Halbech, which was overturned in August. That said, when will Brendan Dassey be released from prison? As Variety reported Monday, there aren't any specifications just yet and it remains unclear whether he'll be released immediately or if the judge's ruling will be delayed due to the State of Wisconsin filing an appeal. It has already been announced by the Wisconsin Department of Justice that the state's Attorney General, Brad Schimel, is filing an emergemecy motion seeking a stay for Dassey's release order. Schimel announced his decision in a statement shared Monday on the Wisconsin DOJ website:
Update: On Wednesday, Nov. 16, it was announced that the judge ordered that Dassey be released by 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. The court rejected the state's emergency motion to keep Dassey in prison pending appeal.
Update 2: On Thursday, Nov. 17, the AP reported that federal appeals court blocked Dassey's release from prison.
Earlier: At this point, the timing of Dassey's release, or whether he's released at all, is dependent on the success of Schimel's motion for a stay of release.
Regarding the news about Dassey being granted release, his lawyer, Steven Drizin, confirmed his client's release on Twitter Monday by tweeting, "It's true. Judge Duffin granted Brendan's bond motion! More later. Someone from MAM nation will download order. I'm unable to for hours."
The judge's most recent ruling comes with many stipulations. According to court documents obtained by TheWrap, Dassey is not allowed to get a passport and can only travel in the court's Eastern District of Wisconsin. He also may not possess a gun, any other kind of weapon, or any type of controlled substances. The documents also state that "he may not violate any federal, state or local law and that Dassey must provide the address of his intended residence no later than Nov. 15." Per TheWrap, the court documents read, "Dassey has no criminal record other than this case. His prison disciplinary record is exceedingly benign … There is no hint of violent or antisocial behavior from his time in prison." The dcuments also state that the "court does not find that the respondent has a strong likelihood of appeal."
At the time of his overturned conviction on Aug. 12, People obtained a copy of the court's decision which read,
After the overturned conviction was appealed, it was reported that Dassey would remain in prison pending the ouctome of the appeal. Schimel released the following statement in September:
At the time of Dassey's convinction being overturned, Netflix told Bustle they didn't have a comment about his case. The Making a Murderer fillmakers released the following statement to Bustle:
Bustle has reached out to Netflix and the filmmaker's rep for comment on the news of Dassey's release, but has not yet received a response.