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“Making a Murderer’ leaves viewers questioning the American Justice System

BY ADRIANA AGUILAR

The new hit Netflix original series “Making a Murderer” has had people binge watching since its release date on Dec. 18, 2015. This true story focuses on Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey’s murder convictions and life sentences for the death of Teresa Halbach in 2005. Avery had previously been wrongly convicted, at the beginning of the series, of sexual assault and the attempted murder of Penny Ann Beerntsen and was seeking compensation for the 18 years he spent in jail for something he did not do.
This series quickly gained fame and now has people talking about the main issues the documentary addresses within the American Justice System. It has gained a number of reactions from viewers and even actions. A petition to the White House requesting the pardons for Avery and Dassey obtained more than 128,000 signatures.
There has been controversy as to if the documentary fully showed both sides of the case and many are currently debating its accuracy. There have been arguments over the fact that the there was some evidence and information kept out of the documentary such as the fact that there was DNA found on the hood latch of Halbach’s vehicle which turned out to be Avery’s.
District attorney Ken Kratz also brought up a claim stating that the documentary was unfair to the prosecution’s case, to which defense attorney Dean Strang responded with the argument that both sides had evidence that wasn’t included in the documentary.
Overall this series highlights critical flaws in the American Justice System by focusing on Avery’s innocence throughout the trial. Whether people agree or disagree with the information presented, “Making a Murderer” has revealed many fatal flaws in the American Justice System, and left viewers debating whether changes need to be made.