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‘Making a Murderer’ Lawyers to Host New True-Crime Podcast About Wrongful Convictions

Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin have represented Brendan Dassey, who is in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach

“Making a Murderer” lawyers Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, who have represented Brendan Dassey in his conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach, will be hosting a true-crime podcast titled “Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions.” 

Nirider and Drizin, co-directors at Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, will host the podcast that will focus on 12 true stories of false confessions. “Making a Murderer” fans will know the theories surrounding Dassey’s conviction, that he was coerced into a false confession.

Using real interrogation audio, the podcast will chronicle real stories. Nirider says: “We bring you inside the fight to exonerate these innocent people.”

Each episode will start with a tragic crime and follow the investigation that commenced. Stories range from a Brooklyn teen who falsely confessed to killing his own mother, to an innocent New Zealander who was wrongly imprisoned for rape and murder.

Lava for Good Podcasts, the team behind “Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom,” is producing the series.

“Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions” is available on the same platform as “Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom,” and on the website for the podcast.

Dassey was 16 when he confessed to aiding his uncle Steven Avery in killing Halbach. However, his attorneys have since seen it as a coerced confession given Dassey’s learning disabilities. At the time of the interrogation, no lawyers or other adults were present. The Netflix series “Making a Murderer” chronicled the trials and convictions of both him and his uncle, Steven Avery.

In December 2018, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Dassey’s confession was voluntary. It was a tight vote, however, with a 4-3 outcome. Lower courts ruled that Dassey’s confession was involuntary. In June of last year, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear his case, but no reason was given. Dassey is currently serving a life sentence. At this time, Dassey is not eligible for parole until 2048, when he would be 59 years old.

Most recently, Dassey was denied clemency.