The 10-part docu-series on Netflix, Making a Murderer, has gripped an unprecedented worldwide audience. With 10 million Google news hits for the American criminal justice saga, it seems everyone is talking about the unorthodox case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.
Anne Driscoll, project manager of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College, had the exclusive opportunity to chat with Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, the two filmmakers of Making a Murderer, who spent 10 years of their lives chronicling the unfolding of a case that featured the seemingly coerced confession of a 16-year-old, possibly planted evidence, potentially police and prosecutorial misconduct, among other unsettling developments. They reveal their feelings in an Irish Times story about the case that is now eating up much internet bandwith here.
For those tempted to think this is an American justice problem, it is undoubtedly not. As Anne Driscoll explains here in a companion story in the Irish Times, wrongful convictions can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Injustice knows no boundaries and innocent people are convicted in every jurisdiction. They are the most tragic kind of injustice because the wrong person has been convicted and the right person has not been held accountable and is free to commit other crimes. And these are the most difficult kinds of cases to undo as they take years of investigation and painstaking work to prove.
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