Dassey denied release from prison; attorneys say “the fight goes on”

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PORTAGE, Wis. (WBAY) – “The fight goes on.” That’s the message from Brendan Dassey’s attorneys after an appeals court on Thursday denied his release from prison.

“The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Brendan Dassey must stay in prison until his appeal is resolved. We are disappointed more than words can say. The fight goes on,” reads a statement from the Center from Wrongful Convictions of Youth. CWCY is part of the legal team helping the “Making a Murderer” subject with his appeal.

Dassey was slated to be released from the prison no later than 8 o’clock Friday night. But just before noon Thursday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals responded to an emergency motion filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice a day earlier, stopping Dassey’s release.

“It is ordered that the appellant’s motion to stay is granted. The district court’s order releasing appellee Brendan Dassey is stayed pending resolution of this appeal,” reads the decision.

The three-judge panel out of Chicago didn’t offer an opinion on why it issued the stay, it simply granted it.

This is the same court that will ultimately decide whether to overturn Judge William Duffin’s ruling in August that overturned Dassey’s conviction.

The appellate court is higher than the district court on which Judge Duffin serves, thus the Seventh Circuit decision stands.

Dassey’s cousin and family spokesperson Carla Chase reacted on social media by saying “words can’t express what we are feeling.”

On Facebook she added, “As everyone has heard, the state’s stay has been granted. I am at a loss of words right now besides no good ones. We knew there was always that chance but we need to have faith & be positive that in the near future Brendan will be coming home.”

When his family and supporters thought Dassey was going to be released from prison, they expected it to happen by Thanksgiving. Now they say they hope it will happen by Christmas.