(NEWSER)  – Despite two petitions that now have around 300,000 signatures, there is zero chance of President Obama pardoning Making a Murderer inmate Steven Avery—and it's not because the president has strong feelings about the Netflix series that casts doubt on his conviction.

As Leon Neyfakh at Slate points out, Avery, who is serving a life sentence for murder in Wisconsin, is a state inmate, not a federal one, meaning Obama does not have the power to pardon him or commute his sentence. 

Photo: Netflix/Calamut County Jail

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