Believe it or not, life has gone on for the two lawyers who defended Steven Avery since trial depicted in Netflix's Making a Murderer closed in 2007. Both Dean Strang and Jerry Buting were crucial players in the controversial Avery case, in which Avery was convicted for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. The Netflix hit has been accused of having bias towards Avery, and seemingly claiming that Dassey was coerced into confessing as a minor without a guardian or lawyer present. Through the end and to this day, Strang and Buting stand by that view, which has been denied by the denied by the Manitowoc County police department. Now that we know Netflix is gearing up for a second season of the docu-series, will Strang and Buting return for Making a Murderer Season 2?
According to Netflix's press release on Tuesday morning, the continuation of the series will give "an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process" and hone in on intense effects the case had on members close to it, including family members and legal teams. However, there is a new lawyer in town, Kathleen Zellner, who now represents Avery. She will be a focus of the new season and, from the looks of it, she's ready to rumble.
When asked if he and Strang would be appearing in the second season, Buting sent Bustle the following statement,
The documentary Making A Murderer has encouraged many viewers to consider broader questions of criminal justice through the case of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. The issues raised in the documentary are of such deep importance to our justice system that I am pleased the series will provide future opportunities to discuss these concerns. Dean Strang and I have recently been interviewed by the film makers for their new installments of Making a Murderer. In addition, I will be addressing this case and other cases in my career, and the broader issues raised in this documentary, in my upcoming book, Illusion of Justice, published by Harper in early 2017. I deeply appreciate the continuing interest in Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey's plight, as well as the public's interest in fixing many of the flaws of the justice system disclosed in the first season of Making a Murderer.
Strang is still a practicing lawyer as well as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Wisconsin. Buting is still actively at the law game, too, and the pair are still working as a team. They've joined forces to set out on a U.S. tour called "Conversation on Justice," where they discuss Avery's case, "its broader implications, as well as a discussion on the larger topic of the American criminal justice system," and, on top of that, hold a Q&A session.
Even though they've moved on with their careers, they're still out there discussing the case; Buting retweeted the following regarding Making A Murderer's Emmy nominations:
It will be great to see both men appear in the second season, especially since it's clear they've remained very vocal about the entirety of the situation and still have lots to say. Get ready for a marathon you don't want to miss.
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