Kim Kardashian calls for Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey to be pardoned as she throws her weight behind campaign to release him

KIM Kardashian last night called for Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey to be pardoned after showing public support for his case and campaign to release him.

Dassey, 29, was convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager, asked Wisconsin's governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence on Wednesday.



Kim, who has made prison reform one of her main causes, wasted no time before giving the request a little extra boost.

The reality TV star, who has 62million Twitter followers, retweeted a handwritten letter from Dassey asking to be released.

KIM'S PLEA

Directly addressing Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, she wrote: “Please @GovEvers Read this letter."

Dassey's letter read: “I am writing to ask for a pardon because I am innocent and want to go home.

“If I would get to go home, I would like to get a job involving video games.

"I would like to help take care of my mom and one day have a son and a daughter of my own.

"I would name my daughter Grace and my son Mizar which is the name of a star in the big dipper.”

Kim also tweeted a link to an episode of the podcast “Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom” in which Dassey was interviewed.

She added the hashtag #BringBrendanHome.

Dassey's latest appeal was not considered by the US Supreme Court and his chances of getting a pardon from Governor Tony Evers appear slim.

BEGGING FOR FREEDOM

On the handwritten note, which was submitted along with his application, he wrote: "I am writing to ask for a pardon because I am innocent and want to go home."

Evers' rules for a pardon forbids anyone who is serving a prison sentence from being considered.

In the note, Dassey listed things he enjoys, including Pokemon and burgers. He also drew a pair of hearts with the word "hugs" in one and "love" in the other, reported Daily Mail.

Evers re-started Wisconsin's pardons board this year after his Republican predecessor Scott Walker stopped it.

However, to to be considered the applicants must have completed their prison sentences and anyone not meeting that criteria will be rejected as ineligible with no review.

I am writing to ask for a pardon because I am innocent and want to go home

Evers' spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said in June that he is not considering public rules for commuting a prison sentence.

Govenor Tommy Thompson, who left office in 2001, was the last who had issued one.

Dassey's attorney Laura Nirider said she hoped Evers would make an exception for him, saying: "What we're hoping to do is to take this moment to ask the governor to hold off, to look at this case as a perfect example for that kind of relief,' she told reporters following a news conference.

"We look forward to working with Governor Evers to help him understand this case, to help him see that it's time to bring Brendan home."

SENTENCED TO LIFE

The trials of Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery gained global attention after the release of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, which cast doubt on the legal processes used to convict them.

Photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared in 2005, after visiting the Avery family salvage yard in Twin Rivers.

Dassey was initially interviewed as a witness in the investigation into his uncle.

But police contacted Brendan again after his cousin Kayla said he had discussed the murder with her.

In March 2006 he was arrested and charged with being party to first-degree murder, sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse, and was convicted in April 2007 after a nine-day trial.

During interrogations by the police he confessed in detail to helping Avery carry out the rape, killing and dismemberment of Halbach.

His confession was used as the foundation of Dassey's trial, which lacked physical evidence linking him to the murder.

But in June 2006 he recanted his admission in a letter to the judge, claiming he had been coerced and that he had taken most of the ideas from a book. He never testified against Avery.

Dassey was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 2048.

KIM'S PRISON REFORM EFFORTS

Kim famously convinced President Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old Tennessee woman who was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 on non-violent drug charges.

In addition to helping free Alice Johnson, Kim visited President Donald Trump in the White House last summer to discuss clemency and prison reform.

Her efforts helped Cyntoia Brown, who was convicted of murdering a man in 2004 when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, be granted clemency.

Brown was tried as an adult for killing 43-year-old estate agent Johnny Allen, who she said agreed to pay her $150 and drove her to his home in Nashville.

Her lawyers contended she was a victim of sex trafficking who not only feared for her life but also lacked the mental capacity to be culpable in the slaying because she was impaired by her mother's alcohol use while she was in the womb.

Kardashian asked her lawyer Shawn Holley to help the clemency appeal and he offered support, resources and called the District Attorney's Office on Brown’s behalf, TMZ reported.




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