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Strang, Buting want clemency for Dassey

Brendan Dassey appears in court on April 16, 2007.  On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers' office said the governor would not be considering a pardon for Dassey. (AP photo/Dan Powers, Pool)

Brendan Dassey appears in court on April 16, 2007. His attorneys are again pushing for his release. (AP photo/Dan Powers, Pool)

Dean Strang and Jerry Buting have sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers urging him to exercise his constitutional power to free Brendan Dassey by commuting his sentence.

The attorneys sent the letter on Wednesday. The governor has yet to exercise his ability to commute or cut short a sentence for Wisconsin inmates.

Lawyers for Dassey filed a petition for executive clemency with the Wisconsin Board of Pardons in October 2019. Grounds for clemency included Brendan’s innocence, his false confessions, and the extreme length of his sentence.

Dassey was sentenced to life in prison based on a videotaped confession he gave at age 16 that is now widely scrutinized to be false and inconsistent with the physical evidence at the crime scene. Dassey turned 32 years old on October 19, 2021, and is not eligible for parole until 2048.

About Ali Teske

Ali Teske is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or [email protected]

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