Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer follows Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man wrongfully accused of rape in 1985 who spent 18 years in prison before being let out in 2003 only to be accused of murder in 2005. This series has sparked multiple online petitions asking President Barack Obama to pardon Avery — and Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey, also convicted in the same murder case — based on the evidence displayed in Making a Murderer.
While one petition urges Obama to “encourage the judiciary to re-examine the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey,” another simply asks that Obama “pardon the Averys in Wisconsin and punish the corrupt officials who railroaded these innocent men” along with a short note: “Watch Making a Murderer on Netflix,” it reads. “It tells the entire story.”
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Ken Kratz, the prosecutor in Avery’s murder case, disagrees that the Netflix documentary, directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, tells “the entire story.” “I believe there to be 80 to 90 percent of the physical evidence, the forensic evidence, that ties Steven Avery to this murder never to have been presented in this documentary,” he told Fox.