'Making a Murderer' rebuttal 'Convicting a Murderer' launches ad.

AuthorSchuster, Steve

Byline: Steve Schuster, sschuster@dailyreporter.com

By Steve Schuster


Friends and foes of Steven Avery received an email this week advertising the launch of 'Convicting a Murderer,' the soon to be launched series on Daily Wire+. The series is a rebuttal to the Netflix series 'Making a Murderer.'

As previously reported by the Wisconsin Journal, they're back and coming to a television screen near you. Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Andrew Colborn, Tom Fassbender may soon return to your living room in a never-been-seen-before series, "Convicting a Murderer."

The new series is far from another season or sequel to the controversial Netflix series, "Making a Murderer." In fact, "Convicting a Murderer" was actually made as a rebuttal to the original Netflix docuseries, according to Ken Kratz, the original prosecutor of the Avery case.

Avery is currently serving life in prison after being found guilty for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Halbach was murdered on Oct. 31, 2005. For the past 18 years, Avery has had a number of new criminal defense attorneys who have all been unsuccessful at his release. However, Avery's attorney Kathleen Zellner remains optimistic that new evidence will prove her client's innocence.

The Netflix series "Making a Murderer," which originally aired in 2015, received criticism from the media, government officials and the general public for allegedly only telling one side of Avery's story, revictimizing Halbach and her family, as well as incriminating law enforcement professionals.

"I watched 'Making a Murderer,' did some research and found out I was lied to," said Shawn Rech, director of "Convicting a Murderer" at Transition Studios who also noted that the original series was "just layered and layered all of this nonsense."

"Making a Murderer was cut to the integrity of a Howard Stern bit," Rech added.

Rech noted that the original Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was the subject of litigation in Federal court from a libel case filed by Colborn (Colburn v. Netflix), who was a retired police officer. Colburn's attorneys said that the Netflix series falsely portrays that he planted evidence, attempting to frame Avery. In 2021, a Federal judge ruled in favor of Colborn. The ruling against Netflix stated that "Neither The Supreme Court nor the Seventh Circuit has ever suggested a speaker enjoys unconditional First Amendment immunity for making defamatory statements simply because the statements concern...

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