***WARNING: Making a Murderer Spoilers Below***
As we reported, over 170,000 people have signed a petition to pardon Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in the Teresa Halbach murder case.
Ever since Making A Murderer debuted on Netflix, several viewers believe the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin men did NOT commit their crimes, and deserve to be freed from jail.
Recently, The White House sent a letter to everyone who signed this petition thanking them for their interest. However, they didn’t have good news.
They wrote :
“Thank you for signing a We the People petition on the Teresa Halbach murder case, currently featured on the Making a Murderer documentary series. We appreciate your interest in this case├óΓé¼┬ª The U.S. Constitution grants the power of clemency to the President├óΓé¼┬ª The President… shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States.”
“However, the President cannot pardon a state criminal offense. Since Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are both state prisoners, the President cannot pardon them. A pardon in this case would need to be issued at the state level by the appropriate authorities.”
However, Obama has given pardons in the past.
“While this case is out of the Administration’s purview, President Obama is committed to restoring the sense of fairness at the heart of our justice system. That’s why he has granted 184 commutations total — more than the last five presidents combined — and has issued 66 pardons over his time in office.”
We just hope justice is brought down on anyone who breaks the law!
[Image via Netflix.]