Steven Avery — the subject of Netflix’s painfully one-sided documentary Making a Murderer (and its equally one-sided second season) — has been granted the right to an appeal, meaning that the case will never, ever end.
The right to appeal is based on a technicality. Bones found in the burn pit on Avery’s property were apparently returned to Teresa Halbach’s family before they were properly tested for DNA, which broke evidentiary rules. The case will be remanded to the circuit court, where it can decide whether to hold a hearing, reverse the conviction, or kick it back up to the appeals court.
Chances are, this will come to nothing. The fact that bones on Avery’s property were not tested for DNA is almost certainly not the kind of evidence that warrants overturning a conviction. It will, however, get Avery’s hopes up again, and it will keep the case in the news for a little while longer. However, don’t expect Steven Avery to be released from prison anytime soon, if ever.
We are going to have an extraordinary number of constitutional violations when we are done. The COA is letting us create an avalanche of evidence in this record. Higher courts rule. #TruthWins @michellemalkin @EFMoriarty #MakingaMurderer #WorkWithKZ— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) February 25, 2019
Steven Avery is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
Source: The Daily Beast
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