Should President Obama Free Steven Avery?

(Photo: Synthesis Films / Netflix)

Should President Obama Free Steven Avery?

There are two petitions supporting the star of Making a Murderer.

Published January 4, 2016

December saw the release of Netflix's highly anticipated docuseries Making a Murderer, and since then, viewers have already set up two major petitions asking President Obama to free the main subject, Steven Avery. Though the Wisconsin native is currently serving a life sentence due to a 2005 murder conviction, the appeals have accumulated up from 160,000 signatures.


According to the petitions — one on and the other on the White House's website — the justice system "failed Avery," and fans are urging Obama to use his presidential pardon on both Avery and his also-convicted nephew Brendan Dassey.

"Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey sould be given a full pardon by President Obama for their wrongful conviction in the connection to the murder of Teresa Halbach," the White House petition reads. "Based on the evidence in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, the justice system embarrassingly failed both men, completely ruining their lives."

The petition now needs roughly 81,000 more signatures by January 19 to induce a legit, public response from the White House.

So, what do you think? Do they have a point or should President Obama just keep it moving?

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(Photo: Synthesis Films / Netflix)

Written by Moriba Cummings


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