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Once a leader in wrongful conviction compensation, Wisconsin has been lapped by other states

Brendan Dassey listens to testimony at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc in 2010. A judge on Monday ordered Dassey’s release from federal prison while prosecutors appeal the case. (Sue Pischke/Herald Times Reporter via AP, File)

Even if Brendan Dassey’s attorneys successfully appeal his conviction for taking part in the murder of a freelance photographer, the now-27-year-old who was featured in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” would still have the burdensome task of proving he deserves compensation for the years he spent in prison.

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Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over interrogation techniques

Julius Kim, a criminal defense attorney with Brookfield-based Kim & LaVoy, used to train police officers when he was an assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County. He says he hopes that because more interrogations are being videotaped, courts will start to throw out confessions obtained using psychological techniques that affect whether a statement is, by law, voluntary. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

If nothing else, the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has put a spotlight on an unsettling practice that Julius Kim and other defense lawyers see all the time: The admission into evidence of statements gathered in coercive interrogations.

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