I've already commented fairly extensively regarding this case, in a series of posts beginning here.
If you read them, you'll see why I feel so sure Avery is guilty, and in no uncertain terms. But thanks to the very disturbing bias in the Netflix series Making A Murderer, millions of viewers have become convinced that he was "set up" by law enforcement figures embarrassed by his exoneration in an earlier case, for which he had, apparently unjustly, served eighteen years. For more details, please consult my earlier posts -- or better yet, watch the documentary -- or head for the many forums where the case is being discussed.
Avery now has a new lawyer with a stellar record for defending individuals wrongly accused and, in many cases, getting them released. I'm sure you've all heard about Kathleen Zellner, whose participation in this case has turned her into a celebrity. Zellner has declared to the world, in a very unconventional series of Tweets, that she is convinced of Avery's innocence, that she can prove it, and, moreover, that she knows who actually committed the murder. The centerpiece of her defense has been an effort to re-examine much of the forensic evidence, making use of more advanced, "scientific" methods expected to prove beyond doubt that Avery was "set up" by the police officers who wrongfully pursued him in the earlier case. The results are apparently now in. So. What have we learned?
The situation to date is summarized in a fascinating article in the Detroit Free Press, titled
Steven Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner comes under scrutiny. Some excerpts:
Is Steven Avery's high-profile post-conviction lawyer Kathleen Zellner all bluster?
It's been 17 months since the suburban Chicago lawyer took Twitter by storm. She vowed to prove Avery's innocence in the Oct. 31, 2005, death of Teresa Halbach and unveil the real killer. . . .
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reached out to Zellner late last week for comment regarding her predictions about the case and the criticism she has received from Avery supporters for not filing her long-awaited post-conviction motion in Manitowoc County court.
"Next time you hear from me will be when I file Steven Avery's motion," Zellner wrote in her e-mail response. "I could care less what Steven Avery's supporters think. They have absolutely no comprehension of the procedural and forensic complexity of this case."
Zellner did not specify when she plans to file the motion.Nor did she report on the results of any of the tests she ordered months ago, tests that, as she assured us, were going to prove that her client had been framed.
Some are questioning her strategy in making such bold statements on social media. . . .Others wonder whether Zellner's strategic decision to seek the court's permission last August to conduct the independent scientific testing did not pan out as she hoped, leaving her in a tough spot in trying to regain Avery's freedom.Not to mention her credibility.
Curious to learn more about how the news (or lack of it) was being received by long-time case followers, I peeked a bit into a Reddit forum to see how readers there were reacting to the article. Here are some of the responses I found:
HAHAHAHAHAH oh wow. I hope the message is getting through. She doesn't care what you guys think and is tired of being bugged about when she is going to file her motion. No expected date to file the motion but expected within 60 days. State Justice Dept. has been told testing nearly complete. Zellner had told the Post Crescent she expected testing to be finished by March, she's had the evidence for over 6 months.From awdstylez:
Sounds like her jimmies are a bit rustled. She's the one that's been talking shit all over Twitter for damn near a year now. She's surprised that people are calling her on it and saying put up or shut up? She hyped this case hard and has since fizzled out. The problems and let downs are all her own creation.From pazuzuhead:
(quoting Zellner: "They have absolutely no comprehension of the procedural and forensic complexity of this case.")More from awdstylez:
Lol, this is priceless. I suspect the same was true of Zellner herself before she agreed to take the case and actually started to dig a little deeper. Now, after all her confident yet harebrained tweets about how she was going to Make Avery Great Again, she's pulling a Trump, "Who knew the evidence in this case could be so complex!" The whole thing is just beautiful to watch.
Honestly, I still lean towards his innocence. However, it's always funny to watch over-confident people write shit talking checks they end up not being able to cash. And now to see her jimmies getting so rustled over it is just icing on the cake.
She could have came in quietly and gathered all the facts for herself, set realistic expectations, not talked so much shit, set realistic deadlines... but, no. She had to come in guns blazing in an attempt to hype her brand and now she looks like a fool. Whether someone leans innocent, guilty, or undecided, all can appreciate the hilarity of the situation.I must say these folks are taking the words right out of my mouth. But I'll probably have more to say about both Zellner and Avery as the situation develops, so stay tuned.
[Oops sorry -- forgot to include the link to the Reddit forum.]