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Supreme Court Lawyers Join Brendan Dassey Legal Team

The seemingly never-ending justice roller coaster for Brendan Dassey just keeps going and going. After his successful appeal was overturned by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals en banc, a petition was filed with SCOTUS to challenge the circuit's decision.

Recently, it was announced that Dassey's legal team has retained noted litigators who have made several appearances before SCOTUS -- though interestingly, the specific attorneys were neither noted nor named. Dassey's attorney, Steven Drizin, did note though that the High Court has warned that appearing before it without a "seasoned" litigator was akin to malpractice.

Managing Expectations After a Win

While most attorneys may not be able to relate to Drizin's troubles with managing a high profile case like Dassey's, there's one stressor most all attorneys can commiserate over: managing a client's expectations after a favorable result. Drizin believes this will be one of hardest parts of his job as Dassey's counsel.

Although Dassey most recently lost at the Seventh Circuit, before that the district court overturned his conviction, and a three judge panel affirmed that decision. From that high mark of being on the verge of release, Dassey's hopes of release were dashed when the full Seventh Circuit refused to throw out his confession, and overturned both prior orders. While Drizin has brought on experienced counsel in hopes of wooing SCOTUS to hear the matter, many commentators believe that the High Court will not want to take the matter up.

Making Another Season

The Making a Murderer series has plans to return with a second season focused on the appellate process. Unfortunately for fans of the series, a release date has not been announced, though that may just be a product of the case not being done with appeals (at least not yet).

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