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Making A Murder lawyer slams critics for saying documentary was biased


Steven Avery

Steven Avery

Steven Avery

Making A Murder lawyer, Dean Strang has strongly defended the documentary amid criticism that it was angled in favour of his former client, Steven Avery.

The hit Netflix series had come in for criticism in some quarters that the 10-part documentary produced was 'advocacy journalism' and that sides were taken in the series.

Operating from the Innocence Project in Wisconsin, Mr Strang worked as a trial lawyer for Steven Avery.

Speaking to the Independent.ie at the launch of the 2017 Innocence Project Scholarships at the Bar Council of Ireland, Mr Strang said that anyone who has an issue with it "should go make his or her own movie".

"I don't think it's fair. I think the editorial decisions that the filmmakers made were reasonable," Mr Strang said.

"You would have made different ones, I would have made different ones, everyone would have, given the mass of material they had. Distilling it required editorial judgement, I think their judgement was fair. 

"They exercised that judgement patently by looking at what the lawyers themselves, during the trial and before the trial, were claiming was most important on both sides. 

"I think the criticism has been misplaced in the main. The filmmakers gave more than three hours of actual footage of one trial – Steven Avery trial – and probably another hour plus to actual footage of the Dassey trial. 

"Anybody who's not satisfied with that length of treatment, not fictionalised, not re-created but actual footage, should go make his or her own movie," he added.

The Innocence Project is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals in the US through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system.

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