President Obama may have to binge watch all 10 episodes of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” as a White House petition asking for convicts Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey to be pardoned has reached 113,000.
The formal WhiteHouse.gov petition, created in December after the premiere of the true crime docuseries, required 100,000 signatures before Jan. 19 to be eligible for an official White House review.
“Making a Murderer” investigates Avery’s troubled history with law enforcement in his native Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. After DNA evidence exonerated Avery from a rape charge that put him behind bars for 18 years, he was convicted on a life prison sentence for allegedly killing photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Dassey, Avery’s nephew, was also convicted for his involvement in the same case. The series highlights flaws in the investigation and prosecution of the murder cases.
Another petition asking to free Steven Avery on Change.org currently has more than 308,000 signatures, addressed to current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. However, according to the Huffington Post, regardless whether the petition will soon reach its goal of 500,000 supporters or not, Walker doesn’t plan to pardon Avery.
“These events took place before Governor Walker took office,” press secretary Laurel Patrick said. “Governor Walker has not watched this documentary. As you may know, early in his administration, Governor Walker made the decision not to issue pardons … Those who feel they have been wrongly convicted can seek to have their convictions overturned by a higher court.”
The White House has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
All ten episodes of “Making a Murderer” are currently available to stream on Netflix.