The Making A Murderer drama isn’t just between accused killer Steven Avery and the U.S. legal system.
In his new book Illusion of Justice, Avery’s former defense attorney Jerry Buting is spilling all the tea about the feud between himself and opposing counsel — prosecutor Ken Kratz.
In an excerpt released to EW, Buting says the two lawyers were civil with one another up until the trial, at which point, “his cordiality vanished.”
Like many viewers of the Netflix series, Buting admits Kratz got “under my skin” during questioning:
“When any civilian witness testified, he would soften his voice and make a conspicuous effort to appear gentler, more tender, as if he were so sorry that the defense was making them suffer through a trial and the ordeal of testifying in court. Perhaps he thought this would make him seem like a good guy to the jury, but it struck me as smarmy and fake. A criminal investigation and prosecution is not a popularity contest. A professional approach to the circumstances is not demonstrating callousness to the survivors of a crime but rather the ethical duty of police and prosecutors. Not letting his manner bug me was part of my duty, I realized, so I did my best to filter him and concentrate on what the jury was hearing and seeing.”
For more behind-the-scenes legal drama, Illusion of Justice is available in stores everywhere today.
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