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Almost 200,000 people have signed petitions calling to pardon Steve Avery

The Netflix series Making a Murderer has sparked outrage after revealing that Avery may have been wrongly convicted

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After Netflix premiered their 10-part documentary series Making a Murderer last month, nearly 200,000 people have signed petitions requesting Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey to be pardoned, and ultimately exonerated of their crimes. Avery was released from prison in 2003 after being absolved of sexual assault charges, by which time he had already spent 18 years in prison. Two years later, he was arrested for the sexual assault and murder of photographer Teresa Helbach and is currently serving life in prison.

Making a Murderer follows the case, and the series suggests that corrupt law enforcement saw Avery back in prison on wrongly accused charges again. A Change.org petition has garnered over 150,000 signatures, while the official White House petition has received around 20,000 signatures. If the government petition collects 100,000 signatures by January 16, then the White House has to respond publicly.

“Avery’s unconstitutional mistreatment at the hands of corrupt local law enforcement is completely unacceptable and is an abomination of due process,” the Change.org petition reads. “Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by presidential pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems.”

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