Dear 'Making a Murderer' Protesters, Steven Avery Is Guilty as Hell

Manitowac County courthouse
If you happen to be in Manitowoc County on Friday, January 29, you can head on down to the courthouse and support the subjects of Making a Murderer. Peaceful protests for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey have been planned by three separate activist groups. 

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I think most people who watched Making a Murderer, even if they believe Steven Avery is guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach, came away after viewing the series with the belief that there were systematic flaws in the handling of the investigation ... particularly in the handling of Brendan Dassey's confession, because it felt to a lot of viewers that Brendan was coerced. In 2007, Brendan was a minor. Brendan's IQ is in the range of intellectual disability. Dassey was convicted of intentional homicide, sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse -- and he was usually interviewed by law enforcement with no parent or guardian present. 

I can totally understand why people want to protest in support of him. But I have a hard time understanding why people want to support Avery, because the more you read about the facts of the case and what the filmmakers, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, omitted from the series, the more you start to feel that Steven Avery just isn't innocent. 

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There have been many articles written about this very subject, and The Federalist's David Harsanyi did an excellent job stating what was omitted from Making a Murderer -- including the key points that not only was the bullet that was found in the garage linked to Halbach's DNA, but it was forensically tied to Avery's gun; handcuffs and leg irons were found at Avery's residence; and Avery called Auto Trader and specifically requested that Halbach take pictures -- but he gave them a false name when doing so. There was a lot left out from Making a Murderer. But I do feel that Brendan Dassey's confession was handled terribly, and those of you with four hours to spare can watch Dassey's full confessions online. 

It's heartbreaking and disturbing.

Avery has filed for an appeal to his murder conviction and has new legal representation. The protest is planned for 10 in the morning Friday. Manitowoc police said they were making preparations for the protest:

Obviously there are a lot of people that feel very passionately about what they’ve seen on Netflix and if they want to come and exercise their rights they certainly can do that. We’re trying to be as accommodating as possible, as we can be. We realize and we respect their First Amendment constitutional right to do what they are doing

One of the protesters stated that she is attending because she wants the criminal justice system cleared up. I'm not sure the series ... or the petitions to have Steven Avery exonerated ... or the protests planned will do that, but they do shed light on some of the ways our criminal justice system is flawed. I just hope it's not too late for Brendan Dassey.

 

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