Netflix documentary inspires petition for action

The popular documentary series, "Making a Murderer" on Netflix has garnered a huge reaction from viewers, many of whom are demanding action.

The series, about a Wisconsin man convicted of murder amid questionable circumstances after being exonerated of a crime that left him wrongly imprisoned, has become one of the most popular and most discussed programs on the streaming video service.

In the 10-episode documentary series, Steven Avery is followed by documentary filmmakers who chronicle his backstory. Avery is released from prison after serving 18 years for a sexual assault and attempted murder he did not commit.

His tale becomes the basis for a number of laws passed in Wisconsin designed to avoid similar problems, and Avery sues the county following his false incarceration. But when a woman goes missing after reportedly being last seen on his property, Avery is arrested again – along with his nephew – and is charged with first-degree murder.

Viewers who were particularly incensed by the documentary submitted a petition on change.org demanding his pardon and insisting that those responsible be held accountable.

As of this writing, nearly 200,000 people had signed the petition.

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