SIXTH HOUR: The Wrongful Conviction of Brendan Dassey

The Amici: False Promises of Youth

March 21, 2021

“Because we could all watch it and we could see it and we could see that slow transformation from no to yes, it just seemed to typify in a way everything that is wrong with police interrogation of children in this country,” said Professor Marsha Levick.

As Brendan Dassey’s case hurled through the federal appellate court system, a chorus of eminent voices joined the fight for justice as a day of reckoning with the United States Supreme Court loomed. Battling false promises of special care and the immovable stain of judicial ignorance, a coalition of the country’s brightest minds including The Juvenile Law Center staged a learned intervention. In this episode, I discuss Brendan, the amicus journey, juvenile law decisions that have reshaped the landscape of juvenile justice in the US, and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child with Professor Marsha Levick, Chief Legal Officer for the Juvenile Law Center.  

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