(NEWSER) – The number of people who have signed a petition requesting a pardon for convicted murderer Steven Avery is now north of 265,000. Avery, of course, is the subject of the true-crime documentaryMaking a Murderer on Netflix, which raises doubts about the fairness of his trial. Some related reading:

  • The two filmmakers talk to NPR about their 10-year project and weigh in on the question of Avery's guilt or innocence. "We don't know," says Laura Ricciardi.
  • It's compelling TV for sure, but Daniel D'Addario at Timeworries that programs like this (including Serial) give the audience a false sense of certainty.

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Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America's heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.