'Making a Murderer' lawyers coming to Cincy

Posted at 10:19 AM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 10:31:11-05

CINCINNATI -- Fans of the Netflix hit "Making a Murderer" can rejoice because the defense attorneys from the case are coming to the Aronoff Center.

Not only does a $95 VIP ticket guarantee you a seat near the front, it includes a pre-show meet and greet with Dean Strang and Jerry Buting. Less premium tickets start at $39.50 for the show at 8 p.m. May 1. Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday.

Strang and Buting, defense attorneys for Steven Avery, will participate in a moderated conversation about Avery's case and its broader implications, as well as a discussion on the larger topic of the American criminal justice system. 

According to a Rolling Stone article, "Avery is currently serving a life sentence for Teresa Halbach's murder. He was convicted of the crime in 2005, two years after being exonerated by DNA evidence in an unrelated rape case for which he served 18 years. Avery was also in the process of suing Manitowoc County (Wisconsin) for $36 million when he was slapped with the murder charge."

True crime narratives such as "Making A Murderer," "Serial," "The Jinx" and the murder trial of O.J. Simpson have highlighted pressing questions about the fairness and effectiveness of our criminal justice system. Strang and Buting will be exploring and discussing these concerns and our process of justice today and throughout history.

Reviewing these situations, they will highlight the imperfections in our judicial system and suggest improvements that are sorely needed. The night will also feature a Q&A opportunity for the audience to address questions directly to the attorneys.

In a Rolling Stone article published Tuesday, Jon Blistein provided more details on the Netflix series: 

"Strang and Buting garnered a cult fanbase thanks to 'Making a Murderer,' which examines the intricacies of Avery's case and presents the theory that he was framed for the murder of Teresa Halbach by Manitowoc County law enforcement. In the series, and during interviews after it became a phenomenon, Strang and Buting said they suspected law enforcement officials of foul play, such as tampering with the jury and planting evidence."

For more information, see the Conversation on Justice website.