The attorney for Steven Avery has hit out at critics attacking the objectivity of the Netflix series 'Making a Murderer'.
Dean Strang argued that judgement should instead be aimed at the failings of the American judicial and police systems.
Warning: This article may contain spoilers for the Netflix series 'Making a Murderer'
In an interview with The Progressive, he said: "We live in a country in which every time the police department or a prosecutor wants to issue a press release or hold a press conference, the overwhelming majority of media outlets treat what the police or prosecutors say as received wisdom.
"There’s almost never a critical examination of what the police or prosecution has to say. Now when one film doesn’t hue to the prosecution line that's where the criticism falls: 'You’re imbalanced, or you’re offering an unbalanced view, or you’re displaying hubris,'" he said.
Dean Strang, Steven Avery's former attorney
Strang discussed articles which have been vocal in issuing responses to the series, questioning whether the evidence shown skewers public opinion on the case.
A particular piece in question is Kathryn Schulz's, 'Dead Certainty: How “Making a Murderer" goes wrong'. Strang said he was sad to see such a talented writer "fall into the same trap that the media constantly do".
The attorney used District Attorney Ken Kratz as an example, and said his March 2, 2006 press conference "turned out to be factually unsupportable", and said that for ten months preceding his trial his words were accepted and repeated by the media as truth.
Criticism for the series followeda high-profile petition against the jurors decision to send Avery to prison for life for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
The only man with the power to free Avery, Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, vowed the 'Making A Murderer' subject would not be released despite the hundreds of thousands of signatures on the petition.
"Just because a documentary on TV says something doesn't mean that's actually what the evidence shows,” he told WQOW television.