'Making a Murderer' viewers sign petitions

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 06:39:42-05

Netflix's "Making a Murderer" has prompted more than 100,000 people to sign a petition for Steven Avery's release.

Avery is spending life in prison after he was convicted of murdering a woman in 2005 in Wisconsin. The Netflix documentary series, released Dec. 18, explores how he was convicted. (Video via CBS)

Avery had previously been convicted of sexually assaulting another woman but was released almost 20 years later, in 2003, after DNA evidence exonerated him.

The 10-part series focuses on shortcomings in the U.S. justice system, something that apparently resonated with thousands of viewers. Petitions from and the White House are gaining signatures. Both call on President Obama to give Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey full pardons of their convictions.

If the White House petition reaches 100,000 signatures by the mid-January deadline, it will have to respond publicly.

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