TV News

White House & Obama Powerless to Pardon Steven Avery: ‘Making A Murderer’

White House & Obama Powerless to Pardon Steven Avery: ‘Making A Murderer’

white house obama powerless to pardon steven avery 2016 imagesAs we reported earlier, the White House did respond about the petition to pardon “Making A Murderer” subject Steven Avery, but as the decision to convict him was at a state level, they are unable to do anything. The one thing this has done is to remind people of the power of documentary film as this one has touched a nerve in the country reminding everyone of how often people are wrongfully convicted of crimes and lost in the criminal justice system.

The White House has responded to a petition asking President Obama to pardon Steven Avery — the subject of the Netflix show “Making a Murderer” — along with Brendan Dassey, who were both convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.

More than 125,000 have signed the petition, exceeding the 100,000 needed to trigger a response.

However, because Avery and Dassey were convicted in state criminal court, the president does not have the power to pardon them, the White House said.

“A pardon in this case would need to be issued at the state level by the appropriate authorities,” a representative for the White House wrote online. “While this case is out of the Administration’s purview, President Obama is committed to restoring the sense of fairness at the heart of our justice system.”

Avery, who’d previously served 18 years in prison for a sexual assault crime that he did not commit, and Dassey, his nephew, were both sentenced to life in prison for Halbach’s murder.

Avery is not eligible for parole, but Dassey will be in 2048. According to reports, Avery has appealed, but the verdict was upheld in 2011, and a local ABC affiliate in Wisconsin reported that in 2013, Dassey’s request for new trial was rejected.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who would have the authority to issue a pardon, does not seem willing to do so.

“Those who feel they have been wrongly convicted can seek to have their convictions overturned by a higher court,” Laurel Patrick, his press secretary, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier this week.

“Making a Murderer” has been a hit for Netflix, causing many viewers to debate whether Avery and Dassey should be behind bars.

Ken Kratz, the former Wisconsin prosecutor who handled the murder case, slammed the show for being biased and omitting key details. However, Laura Ricciardi, the show’s co-writer/director, defended her work, telling the Wrap, “It was a nearly six-week-long trial, and it would just be impossible for us to include all of the less significant evidence.”

TV News
@movietvtechgeek

Jackie Warner is the go to person for all types of reviews at Movie TV Tech Geeks News. She's also the lucky one to get to test all of our Cool Stuff Tech and Toys for review.

More in TV News

Supernatural 1213 Family Feud and Botching Time Travel 2017 images

Supernatural 1213: Family Feud and Botching Time Travel

Marius MaronillaFebruary 27, 2017
Donna Benedicto talks supernatural and sniffs from misha collins

Donna Benedicto talks ‘Supernatural’ and sniffs from Misha Collins

Carol HanssonFebruary 26, 2017
The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA Review Worth adding some dead 2017 images

The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA Review: Worth adding some dead

Shane MclendonFebruary 25, 2017
supernatural family feud for crowleys son lucifers baby and marys confession 2017 images

‘Supernatural’ Family Feud for Crowley’s son, Lucifer’s baby and Mary

Carol HanssonFebruary 25, 2017
jennifer cheon on getting supernatural killed by jensen ackles 2017 images

Jennifer Cheon on getting ‘Supernatural’ killed by Jensen Ackles

Carol HanssonFebruary 24, 2017
supernatural 1212 stuck in the middle easily best one yet 2017 images

‘Supernatural’ 1212 Stuck in the Middle easily best one yet

Marius MaronillaFebruary 23, 2017
supernatural writer davy perez talks stuck in the middle with you 2017 images

‘Supernatural’ writer Davy Perez talks Stuck in the Middle (With You)

Carol HanssonFebruary 21, 2017
another look at supernatural stuck in the middle with you review 2017 images

Another look at ‘Supernatural’ Stuck in the Middle (With You) review

Carol HanssonFebruary 21, 2017
bachelor nick viall shirtless swamp kiss

‘The Bachelor’ Nick Viall on the terrifying surprise visit plus river love

Ricki ReayFebruary 21, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription