Since Making a Murderer has been released, a handful of jurors from the documentary have spoken out about whether they stand by the outcome of the trial—or if they feel Steven Avery was wrongfully accused of Teresa Halbach's murder.
Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos recently spoke with Today and admitted that a juror felt that Avery was not guilted.
“We were contacted by one of the jurors who sat through Steven Avery’s trial and shared what us their thoughts and they told us that they believe Steven Avery was not proven guilty, they believe that Steven was framed by law enforcement."
Richard Mahler, who was dismissed from the Avery trial, revealed that earlier in the deliberations, the jurors had taken a vote. The count included seven deeming him innocent, three guilty, and the final two undecided.
If you think conflict of interest is something that doesn't happen during these situations, think again. Mahler also explained that two of the jurors who convicted Avery were related to employees at government offices in Manitowoc County. Carl Wardman was one such juror who was also volunteering at the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department while simultaneously being involved with the trial. He is also the father of a Manitowoc Country Sheriff Deputy.
Another juror is said to be married to a woman who is employed at the Manitowoc County Clerk's Office.
“I thought to myself, they shouldn’t have been on the jury. That was a conflict of interest."
Mahler also claims that he feels Avery is honestly innocent. After the trail ended, Mahler describes how he had a hard time sleeping, as the thought of an innocent man being thrown in prison over something he didn't do ate away at him. Richard Mahler also spoke withYahoo News Live anchor Bianna Golodryga and told her that he had been receiving a lot of threats on social media.
It is horrifying to think that our justice system could possibly fail us. It seems like "innocent until proven guilty" has lost its meaning, in this specific case at least.
Much like Serial helped bring up the injustice of Adnan Syed's case and The Thin Blue Line shed light on Randall Dale Adams' innocent, Making a Murderer is showing us that the system we are meant to depend on is seriously flawed.
If you are interested in signing the petition for him to be exonerated by pardon, please be sure to sign here.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]