'Making a Murderer' leads to calls for clemency

January 4, 2016 10:29 PM

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The 10-part Netflix documentary series, released last month, chronicles the unusual case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years for a rape he didn’t commit before being convicted of murder in a separate case.

As with the Serial podcast and HBO’s The Jinx, response to the latest true-crime series has been strong. Online petitions on Change.org (200,000 signatures) and WhiteHouse.gov (20,000 signatures) seek a pardon for Avery, and the second petition asks the same for Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey. Both ...

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