Attorney for Brendan Dassey of 'Making a Murderer' speaking in MN today


An attorney representing one of the people from the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer" is in Minnesota Monday.

Laura Nirider, who represents Brendan Dassey, will speak at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis as part of a panel titled "Brendan Dassey: True Story of a False Confession."

It's slated for 5:30-8 p.m. and was open to the public – but is sold out.

Nirider is the project director at the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at Northwestern University School of Law.

She represents Dassey, who at 17 years old was convicted of murder in the 2005 death of Theresa Halbach. Some argue the taped confession he gave to authorities was coerced, and not truthful.

Joining Nirider will be:

  • Perry Moriearty – Vaughan G. Papke clinical professor in law at the University of Minnesota
  • Julie Jonas – legal director of the Minnesota Innocence Project
  • Pete Orput – Washington County Attorney

Nirider will talk about Dassey's interrogation and juvenile false confessions; the entire panel will discuss juvenile justice and the broader issues with it. Michael K. Browne, Fourth Judicial District court judge, will moderate.

Helen Ebert, communications director for the St. Thomas School of Law, told BringMeTheNews the venue will be full, so hoping for a spot late tonight if you haven't bought a ticket isn't an option. Meanwhile the event won't be livestreamed – it will be recorded, and could air at some point on MPR however, Ebert says.

Nirider's work representing Dassey

On Dassey's behalf, Nirider requested in federal court that Dassey – now 26 – be granted a new trial. She argues the way his confession was coerced is unconstitutional, and that a previous pretrial lawyer violated Dassey's constitutional rights (which is discussed in the "Making a Murderer" series).

His uncle, Steven Avery, was also convicted in her death. Avery's defense attorney, Dean Strang, was in Minnesota last month speaking to state lawmakers about the criminal justice process.

Dassey and Avery’s story was highlighted in the 10-episode “Making a Murderer” series, which raised questions about the Wisconsin men's guilt in Halbach's death, and about how law enforcement officials handled the investigation. (For more background on the case, click here.)

Next Up

vote, vote now

MN Supreme Court dismisses attempt to block election certification

Another legal defeat for Republicans challenging the election.

prison, Rush City cell block

Another Minnesota prison inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The virus has killed at least six Minnesota inmates.

leech lake band of ojibwe sign

11,760 acres of land wrongly taken from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be returned

The Senate and now the House have passed a bill that effectively returns the land. It's now headed for the president's signature.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves release first half of 2020-21 regular season schedule

The second half of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

reindeer como zoo

Watch live: Como Zoo's live reindeer cam is back for December

The live feed will run 24/7 allowing you to keep an eye on Santa's antlered helpers.


Three simple ways to boost your immune health heading into winter

Eating right is one thing, but there are other ways to stay healthy as the days shorten.

Taylor Rogers

Why Twins fans shouldn't give up on Taylor Rogers

The Twins closer struggled in 2020 but could rebound next season.

Co. Rd. 2 crash, Wakefield Twp.

Teen driver leaves road, crashes into three trees

Fortunately, the 16-year-old was not injured.

mndot deer  tunnel 1

Minnesota is getting its first highway crossing for animals

This will provide a safe way for animals to cross the street, and hopefully limit deer-vehicle collisions.