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Victory in the Seventh Circuit for the Brendan Dassey Case

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NITA Trustee Emeritus Tom Geraghty has informed NITA of the victory in which attorneys Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin earned in the Seventh Circuit in the Brendan Dassey case. Dassey was one of the subjects of the Netflix series, Making a Murderer. Geraghty’s clinic led the litigation for Dassey the defendant.

Winning such a motion is a massive achievement, so congratulations are in order! According to Geraghty, the decision was a result of the skill, dedication, and hard work of Laura, Steve, and their students.

Last year, The Legal Advocate spoke with Geraghty and Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Steve Drizin about the case as it was developing.


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