Since its release in 2015, “Making a Murderer” has been making fans from all over the world wonder whether Steven Avery is a cold-blood murderer or a victim of the system. Hundreds of thousands of people became outraged by the number of injustices inflicted upon Steven Avery, who had already been a victim of the justice system when he was sentenced for a rape he did not commit.
Petitions have been signed all over the world to request the release of Steven Avery. Some of them request that Avery should be exonerated and pardoned, and that the Manitowoc County officials who were complicit in his two imprisonments should be brought in front of the justice system and held responsible.
As of January 2016, petitions have been signed by approximately 470,000 viewers, urging President Barack Obama to conditionally pardon the Wisconsin man. The efforts have been fruitless, though, as the White House issues a statement explaining that the case needs to be taken and solved at state level. Since both Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are state prisoners, they cannot be pardoned by the president. The appropriate authorities at state level need to issue a pardon in this kind of case.
The public has been discontent with the statement, as well as with the fact that the man who has the power to pardon Avery, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, actually refuses to watch the Netflix series. “Making a Murderer” became an instant hit and is one of the most popular shows on the on-demand viewing website. It received glowing reviews from critics and the public.
Avery had spent 18 years in prison after being sentenced for a rape he did not commit. DNA evidence exonerated him, but in 2005, he was convicted for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year old photographer. The petitions argue that the first conviction is proof that Avery was a victim of the justice system from the start and that his mistreatment at the hands of corrupt law enforcement officers is completely unacceptable.
Since the time of his conviction, Avery has denied any involvement in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach, and insisted that he was framed by the Manitowoc County Police Department. Avery serves a life sentence without the possibility of parole, which means he will never be a free man again, unless pardoned.
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