What "Making a Murderer" Can Teach Us About Criminal Defense

Netflix’s Making a Murderer has captivated the minds and imaginations of America, resulting in viewers demanding a pardon for Steven Avery. The documentary reveals that Mr. Avery was wrongfully convicted for a sexual assault conviction in 1985, and he served 24 years of that sentence until DNA evidence exonerated him. Then, in 2007, he was convicted again for the murder of Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach. The documentary explores the corruption of the criminal justice system and questions whether or not Mr. Avery has been wrongfully convicted for a second time.

This popular documentary teaches us several compelling lessons about criminal justice in America. Primarily, Netflix’s Making a Murderer teaches us that the criminal justice system is very imperfect, which is why criminal defendants need attorneys who will persistently fight the justice system to ensure clients receive the compelling legal defense they need in their time of need.

The Criminal Justice System Is Far From Perfect

At the very least, even those who are skeptical of Steven Avery’s innocence regarding his second conviction would have to concede that a grave injustice was done to Mr. Avery when he was wrongfully convicted in 1985. Mr. Avery was aided by the Innocence Project for his first defense, which eventually proved his innocence thanks to DNA evidence. The Innocence Project alone has produced 337 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States, and there are many more organizations and attorneys working to undo the injustices of the criminal justice system.

Making a Murderer reminds us of this fact, which is why it is imperative that anyone charged with a serious crime seeks out an experienced criminal defense attorney who will not rest until their client gets justice.

A Compelling Criminal Defense Requires a Passionate Criminal Defense Attorney Like Dean Strang

Steven Avery’s attorney, Dean Strang, provides a refreshing reminder of the value an ethical attorney with integrity. At every turn, a corrupt justice system tries to thwart Dean Strang’s efforts to zealously represent his client, but he remained and remains undeterred. For his part, Dean Strang is still committed to Mr. Avery’s case, and he has stated that he is still willing to help Mr. Avery if there is a new trial.

No matter what happens in Mr. Avery’s case going forward, the fact that Dean Strang is still committed to Mr. Avery after all these years is a testament to his principled ethics and his resolve to see justice done. Anyone who has been charged with a crime in Destin and Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay Counties in Florida should seek out a proven criminal defense attorney with a passion for justice like Dean Strang.

John F. Greene is a lawyer cut from the same cloth as Dean Strang. For more than 30 years, John F. Greene has effectively and zealously represented criminal defendants in Destin and NW Florida. Contact attorney John Greene or call 850-424-6833 if you believe that you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime and need a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record to advocate on your behalf.


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