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Supreme Court Refuses Anti-Gay Florist’s Case - For Now

Supreme Court Refuses Anti-Gay Florist’s Case - For Now

Monday's decision comes on the heels of the Masterpiece cakeshop case, in which the Supreme Court sided with baker Jack Phillips (left) after he refused to make a cake for the wedding of gay couple Charlie Craig (left in right image) and David Mullins (right in right image). "In that ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court denounced government hostility toward the religious beliefs about marriage held by creative professionals like Jack and Barronelle".

A panel of judges on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Dassey, holding that he spoke "freely" after Miranda warnings with his mother's consent.

Dassey was interrogated four times over a 48-hour period, and the videotapes - also delivered to the Supreme Court - appear to show investigators giving Dassey facts about the killing that he does not seem to know.

Though he confessed to the crime, Dassey's lawyers have argued that at the time he was a 16-year-old with "significant intellectual and social limitations" and was forced to confess to a crime he didn't commit in violation of his constitutional rights.

It wasn't until the Netflix series Making A Murderer (2015) that Dassey and his uncle gained worldwide attention, and attracting many to the cause of proving his innocence.

The justices turned away Brendan Dassey's appeal of a lower court ruling upholding his conviction for murder, sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse in connection with the 2005 death of a freelance photographer named Teresa Halbach. "His confession was not voluntary and his conviction should not stand, and yet an impaired teenager has been sentenced to life in prison". Religious conservatives - whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or even atheist - can refer to this case as proof that persecution against them is real and will not stand.

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Lawyers for Dassey argued he was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of rape, murder and mutilation based exclusively on his confession with no physical evidence. So today the Court sent it back to district court for fact-finding on that issue.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court's conservative majority ruled that the challengers had not done enough to show that the Republican-led Texas legislature acted with discriminatory intent when it adopted new electoral maps in 2013 for state legislative and US congressional seats.

CNN legal analyst and University of Texas Law School professor Steve Vladeck said the court sending the case back to lower courts was "effectively leaving it to those courts, in the first instance, to sort out just how broad or narrow their" decision in the cakeshop decision was.

Dassey's attorneys can try to get a new trial, but would have to convince a judge that it's justified with new evidence, AP reports. Avery maintains he was framed. That ruling states that Dassey's confession was voluntary.

Reactions to the news on Twitter were a mixed bag, but many folks were surprised at the Supreme Court's decision.