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'Making a Murderer,' disability and the criminal justice system – part one - Advocacy in Action
Updated Friday, August 5, 2016 The internet is buzzing about the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” This gripping 10-part documentary is about Stephen Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. DNA evidence freed Avery in 2003. However, two years later, police arrest and charge him with the murder of a young woman, Teresa Halbach. Then, the police arrest Brendan Dassey, his 16-year-old nephew, for helping Avery with the crime. Both men were convicted of Halbach’s murder in separate trials. Much of the internet chatter focuses on flaws in the justice system including the actions of the prosecutor and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. But …