The White House has responded to the petition created to pardon Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix’s ‘Making A Murderer — and those who believe Steven is an innocent man won’t be too pleased with the response.
Netflix’s new documentary series, Making A Murderer, has been a topic of debate since the media provider released it in mid December 2015. Many are pointing to the possibility of Steven Avery being innocent, causing viewers to take measures into their own hands and create a petition to set him free. Finally, the White House has issued a response.
More than 129,000 signed a petition asking the White House to pardon Steven for his murder conviction, sentenced to spend the rest of his days in prison after allegedly murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. Due to the petition exceeding the 100,000 signatures that are needed to warrant a response from the big man, President Barack Obama has finally replied to the outcry.
“A pardon in this case would need to be issued at the state level by the appropriate authorities,” a representative for the White House wrote online. “While this case is out of the Administration’s purview, President Obama is committed to restoring the sense of fairness at the heart of our justice system.”
While many people believe Steven is innocent and were hoping that the government will issue a pardon for the Wisconsin native, it turns out that he cannot. Since Steven was convicted in state criminal court, along with his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was also found guilty of the murder, the president does not have the power to pardon them, the White House announced.
The power to pardon is reserved for the president when a person is convicted of a wrongdoing on the federal scale. Being as this is not the case for Steven, there is nothing Obama can do for him. Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, who does actually have the authority to pardon the pair, is not willing to do so, either. In short, things do not look good for Steven and his nephew, Brendan.
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