Actually, Steven Avery Is a Lucky Guy

Chandra Bozelko | Writer, Prison Diaries
01/20/2016 04:23 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago

steven avery netflixSteven Avery was a lucky man.

If he hadn’t been framed for rape, he would have no chance of successfully challenging his conviction for murder.

If Avery, the subject of the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” hadn’t been falsely imprisoned for eighteen years for a rape he didn’t commit, his arrest for the murder of Teresa Halbach would never have landed on the front page of the November 23, 2005 New York Times. And Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi would never have noticed him and moved out to Wisconsin to film the proceedings against him.

Without the video evidence that Demos and Ricciardi collected, “Making a Murderer” could not have become a social media juggernaut that drew out a juror – one who voted to convict Avery in 2006 – and caused him to report misconduct in deliberations after he watched Netflix and didn’t chill.

Without the show, Avery wouldn’t have inspired the winningest exoneration attorney – Kathleen Zellner of Downers Grove, Illinois – to take his case pro bono.

All of this reveals a lamentable reality about claiming your innocence from behind bars: it’s not the truth, but the news that shall set you free.

This is the second time within the last year that someone who had exculpatory information – or information that might secure a prisoner a second trial – emerged under heightened media scrutiny.

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