Unmaking a Murderer

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Unmaking a Murderer

What would Sheffield’s Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre do if we were to agree to review the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, the subjects of Netflix’s ten episode documentary, Making a Murderer?

Netflix doesn’t release viewing figures, but the series released on 18 December 2015 has attracted massive attention not just in the US, but in the UK, with the effect of bringing the enduring problem of miscarriage of justice to public attention. A petition demanding a pardon for Avery has attracted more than 380,000 signatures.

Everyone should watch the series. Beginning with the kind of wrongful conviction story that’s become all too common in the US, in which Avery’s previous conviction for rape in 1985 was overturned 18 years later after developments in DNA testing led to fresh evidence which exonerated him, this story then moves into a different league.

Just as Avery’s…

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