In August, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction, holding that his confession was involuntary under the Fifth Amendment. At the time he confessed, Dassey was a teenager and according to court records, his IQ was around the threshold for intellectual disability.
When Judge Duffin tossed out Dassey’s confession earlier this year, he also said that Dassey would be released within 90 days unless the state chose to retry him. The state has appealed that ruling.
A federal judge has ordered that Brendan Dassey be released from prison pending the appeal.