Steven Avery, Focus of Netflix Documentary Making a Murderer, To Get New Attorney

Steven Avery; Photo: AP/stevenavery.com

Steven Avery; Photo: AP/stevenavery.com

Steven Avery, the convicted Wisconsin murderer and focus of the wildly popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, is getting a new lawyer, reported the Daily Mail.

Kathleen Zellner, a Chicago-based attorney known for her success in obtaining post-conviction victories, has joined Avery’s team.

Her law firm released a statement that read, in part, “The Law Firm of Kathleen T Zellner and Associates PC is pleased to announce that it will be assuming the full and complete representation of Steven Avery in all of his pending criminal matters.”

The documentary, popular enough to have inspired a petition to the White House calling on President Obama to pardon Avery (something he cannot do for a state-level criminal conviction), is nonetheless drawing a great deal of scrutiny and criticism over it’s unbalanced portrayal of Mr. Avery’s murder case. 

Many pundits and attorneys have criticized the documentary for excluding evidence that directly pointed to Mr. Avery’s guilt while instead focusing attention on Mr. Avery as a largely sympathetic character.

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