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Steven Avery seeks to drop federal civil rights lawsuit

CHILTON, WI (WTAQ) - Steven Avery wants to drop a federal lawsuit he filed three years ago, which alleged that his civil rights were violated.

Avery claimed he was subject to unreasonable searches, and that his free speech rights were denied while he was in the Calumet County Jail. That was before his conviction in the 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach at the Avery family's auto salvage yard near Mishicot.

Avery wanted $15 million in punitive damages from a number of government officials. But that was before Federal Judge Lynn Adelman refused to give him a tax-funded public defender.

Avery wrote a handwritten request to drop his lawsuit. An attorney for the defendants is asking that the suit be dismissed with prejudice -- which means he cannot re-file the claim if he ever gets the proper legal representation.

Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are both in prison for shooting and burning Halbach on Halloween almost 9 years ago.

The case drew national attention, because Avery was freed from prison two-and-a-half years before the murder. He served 18 years for a rape which DNA evidence later showed he didn't commit.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)