Saturday 24 September 2016

Ray D’Arcy criticised for interview with Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang: ‘Brendan Dassey could have conducted a better interview’

Published 24/01/2016 | 12:21

Ray D'Arcy chats to Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang
Ray D'Arcy chats to Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang

Irish fans of docu-series Making a Murderer were left hugely disappointed by a much anticipated interview with defence attorney Dean Strang on last night’s Ray D’Arcy Show.

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The American attorney who defended the documentary’s subject Steven Avery throughout his 2005 trial has been called a hero for his representation of the man who many believe is serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit.

However, Irish fans of the Netflix documentary series criticised D’Arcy for his handling of the interview which many said was cringe worthy and barely touched the surface.

The presenter was accused of failing to research the Steven Avery case and being unfamiliar with the Making a Murderer series. Viewers criticised D’Arcy for summarising the series rather than quizzing Strang about the finer details or his own personal feelings towards the conviction.

Following the series of questions which viewers said were “painful”, D’Arcy went on to talk about how “women in the office” and “his wife on the phone to her friends” have found themselves attracted to the attorney since the airing of the series to which Strang awkwardly replied: “I can’t help you with that”.

“Ray D'arcy is an absolute joke. I would love to see Dean Strang do an a proper interview with Tubridy,” Jack Roche tweeted.

“How embarrassing. Terrible interview, what a missed opportunity. Ill-prepared, off topic, shallow, awful,” said Andy Linton.

“Ray Darcy hadn't a clue what to ask Dean Strang in that interview. Awful. Brendan Dassey could have conducted a better one,” tweeted Adam Johnston.

Cliona Kenneally said: “Still cringing about #DeanStrang interview 12 hours later.”

D’Arcy did manage to do one thing right during the interview, when he asked Strang about the origins of the hurling statue that stands in his office during his interviews throughout Making a Murderer.

"I'm one-eighth Irish. That is a hurling statue and it was given to me by an Irish-American criminal defence lawyer friend of mine in Milwaukee.

"He's a first generation Irish American and his father is the chair of the North American board for the GAA for a time.

"He's a dear friend and a wonderful lawyer and gave me that,” Strang said.

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