Warning: This article contains spoilers about 'Making A Murderer'
(WISN) “Members of the jury,” Judge Patrick Willis says dramatically. “The time has now come when the great burden of reaching a just, fair and conscientious decision of this case is to be thrown wholly upon you, the jurors, selected for this important duty.”
The Great Burden is the title of Making a Murder’s eighth episode, clearly implying that it was a burden that prosecutors didn’t meet.
Only they very obviously did.
Once again, they never provide any affirmative evidence—such as a witness, surveillance camera footage, or a fingerprint or some DNA of a single sheriff’s deputy planting evidence—they merely rely on the inference that because Sergeant Andrew Colborn and Lieutenant James Lenk had just been deposed in Steven Avery’s civil lawsuit, they would conspire to commit several felonies and plant evidence against Avery while simultaneously ignoring or even destroying evidence pointing to Teresa Halbach’s real killer.
And neither Avery’s defense nor Making a Murderer ever actually provide any evidence that Teresa Halbach was in fact killed by anyone else. Not a witness, not surveillance camera footage, not a fingerprint, not DNA.
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Dan O’Donnell is a non-practicing lawyer and radio journalist at WISN, iHeartMedia’s News/Talk station in Wisconsin, who has a unique perspective on the case. Dan was assigned to cover Avery from his release in 2003 through his (and his nephew's) conviction in 2007. While he doesn’t make much of an appearance in the documentary, “Making a Murderer” has had a profound impact on Dan - particularly, due to its bias. And so, Dan is doing what any lawyer would do in the courtroom - rebut the case presented in the Netflix documentary.
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