Jerry Buting, Lawyer in the Steven Avery/Making a Murderer Case in Conversation with Barry C. Scheck – Illusion of Justice
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $32
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The TV documentary phenomenon Making a Murderer, which debuted on Netflix in December 2015, explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, before being fully exonerated in 2003 by DNA evidence.
In 2005, Avery was arrested on charges of murdering Teresa Halbach, a local photographer, and convicted in 2007. Jerome F. Buting, who has served as a high-profile criminal defense attorney for 35 years, defended Avery in the murder trial. Despite his best efforts, and those of co-counsel Dean Strang, Avery was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and sentenced to life in prison in March 2007.
Not since The Thin Blue Line has there been a true crime documentary as engrossing and provocative as Making a Murderer; Steven’s case cuts across demographic lines, and has galvanized as much debate about the integrity of our criminal justice system as it has about whether Steven Avery is guilty or innocent. In Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System (Harper, 2/28/2017), Buting provides an insider’s riveting narrative of the Avery case and that of his nephew, Brendan Dassey — and what the cameras did not capture — interwoven with the story of his own development as a criminal defense lawyer; as he reflects on his professional motivations and discusses other career-defining cases (including another, equally shocking wrongful conviction that he worked on with The Innocence Project), he provides commentary on the integrity of our law enforcement and legal systems. Together, his experiences shape a relevant analysis of the deeply flawed judicial system in which he practices.Buy tickets/get more info now