Petition calls for pardon for subject of Netflix series 'Making a Murderer'
Netflix's Making a Murderer explores the weird case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, then was convicted of murdering a photographer only a few years after his release.
It focuses on the case of Steven Avery of Manitowoc County, and his nephew, who were found guilty of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
A person who served on the jury during the murder trial for Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery has told producers of the docuseries that they believe Avery shouldn't have been convicted. Richard Mahler, who was excused from jury duties after a family emergency, spoke with the filmmakers on the series itself about how disgusting he feels that Avery got a guilty verdict, saying that there were initially more jurors that believed he was innocent than the other way around.
ABC News reported that Netflix has declined to comment on how they ended up listing the show under the "TV Documentary" category. It has-been extensively documented in that Walker has resisted issuing any & all pardons while in workplace, with his position on the Avery matter remaining in keeping with responses to past requests for exoneration.
Furthermore, he claims that one juror knew about the confessions of Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, even though that information was kept out of the trial.
Avery's defense attorney Dean Strang appeared on FOX News Channel on Tuesday evening and responded to prosecutor Ken Kratz's complaints that the documentary leaves out key evidence.
"There were hardly any details regarding his guilt", Grace said of the documentary. DNA evidence exonerated him in 2003.
"Making a Murderer" began streaming on Netflix in December, receiving favorable reviews from critics, celebs and viewers. Kratz has also said a bullet fired from Avery's gun was found in his garage with Halbach's DNA on it.
Kratz prosecuted Avery and Dassey while serving as district attorney in Calumet County; the case was transferred from Manitowoc County because of Avery's lawsuit.
"I am outraged with the injustices which have been allowed to compound and left unchecked in the case of Steven Avery of Manitowoc County in Wisconsin, U.S.A.", reads a Change.org petition created by a United Kingdom man named Gary Dolan.
"Steven Avery committed this murder and this mutilation, and Steven Avery is exactly where he needs to be", Kratz concluded.
"One of the reasons it's so popular is that it came around at the right time", said Mark Glantz, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at St. Norbert College.
"Our through line in the entire series really was a question of how is the American criminal justice system functioning?"