White House Responds To 'Making A Murderer' Petition To Pardon Steven Avery
The White House responded to one of two existing petitions asking for the pardon of Wisconsin resident Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Following the Netflix docu-series, "Making a Murderer," more than 100,000 viewers of the show signed a We The People petition, claiming the justice system "embarrassingly failed both men."
The petition continues,
In an official response from the White House on Thursday, it begins,
The document goes on to explain the pardoning power President Obama holds, which excludes state criminal offenses and, thus, does nothing for Steven Avery or Brendan Dassey.
The document reads,
Since the time of his conviction, Avery has denied his involvement in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach, instead suggesting the Manitowoc County Police Department framed him.
Without the possibility of parole, 53-year-old Avery will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Citations: Entertainment Weekly