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Apr 6 2017 12:00pm

Steven Avery and the Criminal Justice Machinery

Making a Murderer made a compelling case that Steven Avery was actually innocent of the Teresa Halbach murder. And Avery’s guilt or innocence is still a topic of debate—at least in some circles. For example, Ken Kratz and Peter Wilkinson wrote a book that promises to prove, once and for all, that Avery is guilty.

But this debate about factual guilt or innocence badly misses the point. In my new book Convicting Avery: The Bizarre Laws and Broken System behind Making a Murderer, I demonstrate how Avery’s conviction is unreliable due to the deeply flawed rules and procedures that were used to obtain it. 

For example, Wisconsin’s ethics rules allowed Kratz to try the case in the media long before the real trial began. Viewers of the documentary will remember Kratz describing Avery—in vivid detail—as the deranged, “full of sweat” uncle who raped Halbach before murdering her. As juror questionnaires later revealed, this pretrial media blitz erased the presumption of innocence and put Avery in a deep hole before his trial even started. 

[Read more about the trial laws that doomed Avery from the start...]