Out of all the unanswered questions Making A Murderer left us with, the legal practices of Len Kachinsky were some of the most burning!
The lawyer briefly represented Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery‘s nephew who was strong-armed into signing a murder confession by Len’s private investigator, and was also featured in the Netflix docu-series .
Kachinsky appeared on TMZ Live Tuesday and had a pretty hard time explaining his actions… especially why he let his then-16-year-old client talk to police without an attorney present.
Due to the “ethical rules of attorneys,” Len couldn’t comment on if he thought Dassey was actually innocent or not, but he did admit that getting him to sign a murder confession was a mistake, saying:
“That was just a piece of paper├óΓé¼┬ª it wasn’t for use at trial. We wanted to know we wouldn’t be wasting the police’s time.”
After private investigator Michael O’Kelly got Dassey — who has a reported I.Q. of 70 — to sign a murder confession, Len then allowed his client to be interviewed by police without a lawyer present.
To that, Len’s excuse was pure laziness! He explained:
“That was a difficult issue. He called me at 8:45 p.m. on a Friday, I had Army Reserve duties the next day├óΓé¼┬ª So, physically I couldn’t get down there.”
As for why he didn’t delay the police interview, he added:
“In hindsight, I would’ve… O’Kelly was there to supposedly notify me if there were any problems. He actually got on the phone and said, ├óΓé¼╦£It’s okay to do it without you being there.’ Our thought was, at this moment in time, it would be best that he talked to them before he was influenced to the contrary by his relatives├óΓé¼┬ª he’d say whatever he was gonna say, so we knew what would happen if he was called as a witness at trial.”
Inneresting├óΓé¼┬ª but we’re not sure what to make of this.
Although, one thing’s for sure — Len definitely hasn’t been watching the same show we have.
[Image via Netflix.]