SIXTH HOUR: The Wrongful Conviction of Brendan Dassey

The Absolution: An absence of grace

August 9, 2020

"In a case where the person is genuinely innocent, it's not mercy it's straight-up justice. In a case like Brendan's, you can make the case for his release either on mercy or justice," shares Professor Mark Osler.

October 2nd, 2019, Brendan Dassey's legal team filed a petition for clemency with Governor Tony Evers to grant Brendan a pardon or commute his sentence to time served. A coalition of 250 voices signed an open letter supporting the petition, among them Professor Osler, a former federal prosecutor, a law professor, and a national expert on clemency. Professor Osler joins the Sixth Hour to discuss clemency in a modern world, political timidity, and why Brendan Dassey deserves relief from a wrongful conviction via an executive grant of clemency. 

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