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Strang and Buting "relieved" Brendan Dassey's conviction was overruled

The legal duo said they are proud the federal court has fulfilled its role in upholding justice.

THE LEGAL DUO Dean Strange and Jerome Buting, who represented Steven Avery in the murder trial of Teresa Halbach, have said they are “relieved and gratified” by the overturning of Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction.

Brendan Dassey, whose case was made famous by the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, was convicted, along with his uncle Steven Avery, of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

brenda Brendan Dassey Source: Associated Press

The documentary series outlined numerous alleged flaws in the case against him and prompted demands for judicial review.

Tweet by @Mike Hayes Source: Mike Hayes/Twitter

Yesterday a US federal judge overturned his conviction.

Missing Woman Dean Strang gives his closing arguments in the Steven Avery case. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Strang said Brendan’s statements, where he confessed to aiding his uncle in the murder, were involuntary.

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.

Missing Woman Steven Avery's defence attorney, Jerome Buting, holds up Teresa Halbach's keys that were found in Steven Avery's trailer bedroom during his closing argument in the courtroom. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Buting tweeted his reaction to the judgement yesterday:

The Guardian reports that Avery’s current attorney, Kathleen Zellner, who took up the appeal case in January, stated: “Steven Avery is so happy for Brendan. We know when an unbiased court reviews all of the new evidence we have, Steven will have his conviction overturned as well.”

The newspaper also reports that Avery’s former partner Jodi Stachowski has expressed fears that her former partner could be released from prison following yesterday’s ruling.

Both Strang and Buting are to appear at an event in Vicar Street next month to discuss the case before an audience.

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