Laura Nirider on her Making a Murderer Live Event: 'Brendan Dassey is at the root of everything we do'
- Rebecca Monks
- 19 December 2018
The lawyer explains why she is touring in the UK, and why the discussion around false confessions must continue
So, you've binge watched Making a Murderer season two. And if you're anything like us, you went back and watched it again just days later, caught up in fits of outrage about justice, inequality and the dangers of the system. If you're looking for an outlet to vent and discuss (beyond Twitter and your friends down the pub), you're in luck. Brendan Dassey's indomitable counsels, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin, will be appearing live in an in-conversation event, False Confessions: A Conversation with Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin.
For those that haven't watched the series: a brief recap. Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are both currently serving time, following convictions for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Both Avery and Dassey have been appealing their convictions, maintaining their innocence. The second series focused on two different legal battles at play: Avery's fought by Kathleen Zellner, and Dassey's by Nirider and Drizin, who explore in the show the dangers of false confessions.
Though Nirider and Drizin will not discuss Steven Avery, they will be talking about Brendan's case, and using it as a way to explore what is undoubtedly an important issue pertaining to justice.
Speaking about her decision to tour, Nirider says she 'decided to talk to audiences in the United States and in the UK who have learned about the problem of false confessions for the first time through Making a Murderer.' But for Nirider, this problem is far from new. 'This is something that Steve and I have worked on our entire professional lives,' she says.
'It's a problem that we see all over the place. It happens in countries around the world and it's a problem that we're passionate about fixing.'